During the Project Start-up and planning phase, projects will execute detailed planning processes to produce a Performance Measurement Baseline of Cost/Schedule/Scope and an associated Project Management Plan. The project schedule will then steer the project through the foggy waters of its lifecycle and eventually help it to find its way to delivery and closedown. But what about the planning phase itself when the schedule doesn't exist yet?
Here is where we need a Plan-For-A-Plan, and this is where having a process asset template can be a real help. In a simple tabular format it includes key steps to get the project through the planning phase, and can be tailored to organisation, industry or project type.
At a high level, we suggest it should include:
We could add others, and of course this could be tailored to organisations, industry domains and project types - but we think this is a good overview. Do you have any suggestions of anything else that should form the Plan-For-A-Plan? Look out for our more detailed Project Plan-For-A-Plan Template that will be launching soon!
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