This Guest paper was submitted for publication and is copyright to Jamal Moustafaev, MBA, PMP, © 2013.
Published here August 2014.
The material has been abstracted from Jamal Moustafaev's forthcoming book on Project Scope Management.

Introduction | Quick Overall Outline | The Project Plan Contents
Overview and Recipient Stakeholders | Project Scope Management | Project Quality Management
Project Time Management - Schedule and Milestones | Project Cost Management - Budget
Project Risk Management | Project Human Resources Management
Project Procurement Management | Project Communications Management | Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

This paper explained the process for writing a project plan. It described the absolute minimum of information required in this document for planning a medium-sized project. If the project is larger, more sophisticated or simply has additional requirements specific to a given industry or a company, you should expand and tailor it according to your specific needs.

If the venture is smaller and straightforward, it is recommended simply to add "N/A" (Not Applicable) with a brief explanation for the irrelevant sections rather that delete them altogether. For others viewing the plan, it will demonstrate that these sections were at least considered, and also serve as a good checklist for yourself.

The average project plan should cover at least eight project management areas. The sections to be included are as follow:

  • Scope Management section — contains project scope description and reference to the detailed scope documentation.
  • Time Management section — includes the project schedule and key milestones.
  • Cost Management section — contains project budget broken down into variable, fixed and other costs.
  • Quality Management section — describes quality tools and techniques that will be utilized on the project.
  • Human Resource Management section — outlines the project team and the tasks they will be responsible for.
  • Communications Management section — explains the distribution of project documentation.
  • Risk Management section — lists all relevant assumptions, constraints and risks.
  • Procurement Management section — clarifies all the relevant procurement and outsourcing guidelines for the project.

Finally, the project plan should include a "Revision History" table to keep track of all the changes, updates and modification made to the document during the course of the project.

Project Communications Management.*  Project Communications Management

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