Develop Project Management Plan Process

As a central document that defines the basis of all project work, project management plan defines how the project is executed, monitored & controlled and closed. This is the key benefit of develop project management plan process also. Generally, the project management plan is progressively elaborated as the project evolves and changes are controlled by an integrated change control board, according to the change management plan.

Project management plan is not just one document. Creation of a project management plan, requires creating multiple documents, called management plans. Management plans are very important for any project to be successful. There is a management plan for each knowledge area in PMBOK.  Once we have completed the initiating process group, we need to work on project management plan. In order to do this, we have to know clear details about resourcing timelines, costs and other details. 

When creating a project management plan, the actions that need to be taken within the project and the processes that need to be implemented should be estimated in detail by the project manager and designed in mind. All aspects of the project management process, such as the specific needs of the project, how to manage and control the project, should be a product of this mental design. A project manager cannot delegate the responsibility to create a proper and realist project management plan as it is the case for all integration processes.

Also, baselines are included in Project Management plan, as a result, project management plan is used for tracking the progress of the project. In order to be able to create an efficient project management plan, a project manager should first identify and make close contact with stakeholders. Any feedback from stakeholders about how the processes will be tailored will be of invaluable importance. Well defined deliverables, clear and prioritized goals will be the guide to be successful.

Inputs of in Develop Project Management Plan Process
Tools & Techniques 
  • Brainstorming
  • Checklists
  • Focus groups
  • Interviews
  • Conflict management
  • Facilitation
  • Meeting management
  • Meetings
  • Expert judgment
Outputs Created in Develop Project Management Plan Process
  • Change management plan
  • Configuration management plan
  • Performance measurement baseline
  • Project life cycle description
  • Development approach
  • Management reviews
Outputs Updated in Develop Project Management Plan Process
  • All project management plan components