A buddy of mine recently asked me to list the top ten things I try to include when building a project management plan. Since the plan is way more than a schedule (think “project road map with some detailed instructions in certain areas”), I had to put my thinking cap on and prioritize my favorite project management plan pieces and parts. After some thought, here’s my list…
Does your project management plan contain…
- A description of your selected project management approach, including your selected project life cycle and any project phases?
- A project scope statement with well-defined and agreed-upon objectives and deliverables?
- How the work will be done to accomplish the project objectives?
- How changes will be monitored and controlled?
- How configuration management will be performed?
- Milestones, resources, and a risk register?
- Your project’s communication needs and techniques?
- All key management team review points and content of those reviews?
- All identified and analyzed project stakeholders?
- All other necessary subsidiary management plans, such as scope, schedule, cost, quality, process improvement, staffing, risk management, and/or procurement?
Just for fun, here’s my eleventh item that got chopped out of the top ten: How about the project’s cost quality and schedule baselines? How will the integrity of these performance measurement baselines be maintained and used on your project?
I am curious, what would your eleventh item on this list be?