Chapter5-Project Planning

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Project Management A Managerial Approach Chapter 5 Project Planning
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Project Planning There are several reasons to use  considerable care when planning projects: The primary purpose of planning is to  establish a set of directions in enough detail  to tell the project team exactly what must be  done The purpose of planning is to facilitate later  accomplishment
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Initial Project Coordination It is crucial that the project’s objectives be  clearly tied to the overall mission of the firm A project launch meeting is an initial  coordinating meeting that serves as a visible  symbol of top management’s commitment to the  project The project launch meeting’s success is  absolutely dependent on the existence of a well- defined set of objectives
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Project Launch Meeting Should not allow plans, schedules, and budgets  to go beyond the most aggregated level at the  launch meeting The outcomes should be: 1. Technical Scope is established 2. Basic areas of performance responsibility         are accepted by the participants 3. Some tentative overall schedules and         budgets are spelled out
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Composite Plan Each individual/unit accepting responsibility for a portion  of the project should agree to deliver a preliminary plan  about how that responsibility will be accomplished These plans should contain descriptions of the required  tasks, and estimates of the budgets and schedules These plans are then scrutinized by the group and  combined into a composite project plan
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Composite Plan The composite plan, still not completely firm, is approved  by each participating group, by the project manager, and  then by senior organizational management Each subsequent approval hardens the plan, and when  senior management has endorsed it, any further changes  in the project’s scope must be made by processing a  formal  change order
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Project Plan The final approved result of this procedure is the project  plan, also known as a  Master  or  Baseline  plan Once planning phase is complete, it is beneficial to hold a  post-planning review The major purpose of the review is to ensure that all  necessary elements of a project plan have been properly  developed and communicated
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Project Plan Elements The process of developing the project plan varies  among organizations, but any project plan must  contain the following elements: Overview  - a short summary of the objectives and scope  of the project Objectives  - A more detailed statement of the general  goals noted in the overview section General Approach  - describes both the managerial and  technical approaches to the work
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