Elements of the Project Management Plan

The Project Manamenet Plan is the, without a doubt, the core of Integration Management. It is the main tool of the Project Manager for running a project.

We have already covered an overview of the Project Management Plan as well as the top 5 basics that you must know about it. Do go over both the articles as they will aid in a better understanding for this article.

In a nutshell, there are 16 elements of the Project Management Plan. Let's take a quick look at them individually starting with a management plan for each knowledge area,

1. Scope Management Plan describes how scope changes are handled - like the process of adding or removing a feature for the service or the product that the project produces

2. Time Management Plan (aka Schedule Management Plan) describes how changes to the schedule are handled - like updated deadlines or milestones

3. Cost Management Plan describes how the budget for the project will be created. It also has plans on how to handle budget related issues that may come up throughout the course of project

4. Quality Management Plan describes how to deal with the problems that may arise if the product doesn't live up to the expectations of the customer

5. Human Resource Management Plan describes how to deal with the changes in project team, identifying and handling any additional staffing needs as well as constraints the project may have

6. Communications Management Plan describes all the ways that the communication will be taking place with the project team, stakeholders, sponsors and other important stakeholders of the project

7. Risk Management Plan basically contains a list of all possible risks that may occur during the course of the project as well as a plan on dealing with them if and when they do materialize

8. Procurement Management Plan describes how to deal with external vendors

9. Stakeholder Management Plan basically describes how to manage the expectations of all the project stakeholders

Performance Measurement Baseline contains a baseline for each of the triple constraints which are in turn elements of the Project Management Plan,

10. Scope Baseline is basically a snapshot of the scope that helps in keeping track of the changes that is being done as well as the work that is planned do be done for achieving the project deliverables

11. Cost Baseline is similarly a snapshot of the cost or the budget

12. Schedule Baseline is similarly a snapshot of the schedule

13. Change Management Plan describes how changes will be handled. It contains the process for managing changes on the project

14. Configuration Management Plan describes the process for addressing changes to the configurable items (like WBS Dictionary, Scope Statement etc those that require formal change control) and the process for controlling changes to such items

15. Process Improvement Plan is related to Quality Management Plan in the sense that it describes how the processes being used during the course of the project can be changed for the better

16. Requirements Management Plan describes how the requirements of the stakeholders will be gathered, documented and managed. It also describes how those needs will be met as part of the deliverable of the project

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