Summary of Supplemental Project Plan Components

We introduced several new planning components, in addition to the core work plan, budget and control elements you expect in the previous section and made reference to the impact that several of them have on the overall project planning effort. To help summarize and organize this information, please refer to Table 5.1.

Table 5.1. Summary of Supplemental Project Plan Components

Project Plan Component


Key Elements / Notes

Impact on Project Planning

Change Control Plan

Describes how the project success factors (scope, cost, schedule, quality) will be managed and how changes will be integrated.

Can include assessment of expected stability of project scope

Proactive approach; manage expectations.

Communications Plan

Describes how the information and communication needs of project stakeholders will be met.

Often documented and presented in tabular form.

Communications management plan details must be added to WBS and project schedule.

Configuration Management Plan

Describes how changes to project deliverables and work products will be controlled and managed.

Should include both technical work products and project documentation

Proactive approach; manage expectations.

Procurement Management Plan

Describes how the procurement process will be managed.

Contract types

Roles of project team and procurement dept.

Remaining procurement management tasks must be added to project schedule.

Constraints of scheduling procurement activities with third-party vendors may impact the project schedule.

Quality Management Plan

Describes the project quality system.

Should address both project work products and the project processes.

Cost and schedule adjustments may be needed to meet quality standards.

Quality assurance and quality control activities must be staffed and added to the project schedule.

Responsibility Matrix

Lists the project roles and responsibilities. Cross-references roles with assigned resources.

RACI matrix.

Ensure all required resources are accounted for.

Resource Management Plan

Indicates when project resources are needed on the project (start and end dates).

Impact if resource cannot meet all skill requirements.

Impact if resource must be acquired at rates higher than estimated.

Cost baseline, work estimates, and project schedule are in flux until the final resources are acquired.

Risk Management Plan

Describes how the risk management process will be structured and performed.

Describes the process to be used.

Ensure risk management tasks are added to WBS and project schedule.

Risk Response Plan

Describes the response strategies for identified risks.

Risk Log.

Details action steps to be taken if risk event occurs.

Risk response strategies may entail the allocation of additional resources, tasks, time, and costs.

Budget reserves, contingency plans.

Variance Management

Describes how performance (cost, schedule) variances will be managed.

Documents planned responses to different variance levels.

Proactive approach; manage expectations.

Part i. Project Management Jumpstart

Project Management Overview

The Project Manager

Essential Elements for any Successful Project

Part ii. Project Planning

Defining a Project

Planning a Project

Developing the Work Breakdown Structure

Estimating the Work

Developing the Project Schedule

Determining the Project Budget

Part iii. Project Control

Controlling a Project

Managing Project Changes

Managing Project Deliverables

Managing Project Issues

Managing Project Risks

Managing Project Quality

Part iv. Project Execution

Leading a Project

Managing Project Communications

Managing Expectations

Keys to Better Project Team Performance

Managing Differences

Managing Vendors

Ending a Project

Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
ISBN: 078973821X
Year: 2006
Pages: 169 © 2008-2020.
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