Chapter 3: Project Planning


Project planning is the second of the four stages in the project lifecycle model (as highlighted in Table 3-1). This is when detailed planning of the project is completed. During this stage of the project lifecycle, the scope, activities, resources, communications, and budget are planned. Large, complex, unfamiliar projects will require more in-depth planning than small, simple, and familiar projects. Depending on the size of the core team, different subteams may plan details and then the core team will integrate all the individual sections to create a complete project plan.

Table 3-1: Project Leader Responsibilities: Planning

Category of Project Leadership Task

Project Leadership Stage





Project Priorities

Align project with parent organization

Understand and respond to the customer

Authorize work

Audit project

Project Details

Perform risk analysis

Oversee detailed plan development

Monitor progress and control changes

Terminate project

Project Integration

Justify and select project

Integrate project plans

Coordinate work across multiple projects

Capture and share lessons learned

Human Resources

Select key project participants

Select remainder of project participants

Supervise work performance

Reassign workers

Human Relations

Determine team operating methods

Develop team communications plan

Lead teams

Reward and recognize participants

Project Promotion

Develop top management support

Motivate all participants

Maintain morale

Celebrate project completion

Project Commitment

Commit to project

Secure key stakeholder approval

Secure customer acceptance

Oversee administrative closure

Regardless of the size and complexities of the project, all projects share common project leadership tasks during project planning. These include:

  • Understand and respond to the customer

  • Oversee detailed plan development

  • Integrate the overall project plan

  • Select remainder of project participants

  • Develop communications plan

  • Motivate all participants

  • Secure stakeholder approval.

Project Leadership
Project Leadership
ISBN: 0071388672
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 106

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