We have previously covered Project Management Plan in several articles listed below,
- Overview of the Project Management Plan
- Top 5 basics to know about the Project Management Plan
- Elements of the Project Management Plan
While these articles are good enough to understand the Project Management Plan, it is also important to go over the Develop Project Management Plan process. Let’s go over the process in this article.
Once you are done with the Project Charter, the next step is to create the Project Management Plan. A key difference between Project Charter and Project Management Plan is the fact that while Project Charter is a document that you create once while initiating the project, the Project Management Plan gets developed throughout planning. It is likely that this process is performed at multiple predefined points in the project.
The PG-KA mapping for Develop Project Management Plan process is below,
Note that the Develop Project Management Plan process is where all the project related information is organized in one place. This way everyone in the project team knows exactly what needs to happen at any point in the project.
The formal definition of Develop Project Management Plan is below,
The process of defining, preparing, and coordinating all plan components and consolidating them into an integrated project management plan.
The only output of this process is the Project Management Plan which is a comprehensive document that defines the basis of all project work and how it will be performed. Lets look at the inputs, tools and techniques and outputs of this process,
- Project Charter
- Outputs from other processes
- These are essentially the plans that are outputs from different processes. We have discussed them in the Elements of the Project Management Plan already
- Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEF)
- Organizational Process Assets (OPA)
Tools & Techniques
- Expert Judgment
- Data Gathering: Brainstorming, Checklists, Focus Groups, Interviews
- Interpersonal and Team Skills
- Project Management Plan
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