Before we get into some of the specific details of the facilitating planning processes, let's review all the key supplemental project plans referenced by the PMBOK. Given the breadth of subject material covered by these 21 project planning processes, as well as the wide range of experiences project managers have had with these supplemental plans, it may be helpful for your exam preparations to see all these in one place. This may be especially helpful if you are still coming to terms with the fact that a project plan and a project schedule are not the same thing. In Table 5.5, each supplemental project plan, its main purpose, and a few key elements are listed.
Table 5.5. Summary of Supplemental Project Plans
Describes how the information and communication needs of project stakeholders will be met
Often documented and presented in tabular form.
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.
Cost management plan
Describes how cost variances will be managed
The output of cost estimating. Documents planned responses to different variance levels.
Procurement management plan
Describes how the procurement process will be managed
Results from procurement planning.
Roles of project team and procurement department.
Quality management plan
Describes the project quality system
Should address both project work products and the project processes.
Lists the project roles and responsibilities; cross-references roles with assigned resources
Risk management plan
Describes how the risk management process will be structured and performed
Describes the process to be used.
Can include a budget.
Can include a cost contingency.
Risk response plan
Describes the response strategies for identified risks
Details action steps to be taken if risk event occurs.
Schedule management plan
Describes how changes to the schedule will be managed
Output of schedule development.
Scope management plan
Describes how the project scope will be managed and how scope changes will be integrated
Can include assessment of expected stability of the project scope.
Staffing management plan
Indicates when team members are needed on the project (start and end dates)
Can include resource histograms.