Develop Project Management Plan Process

Posted on February 23, 2009 by

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Develop Project Management Plan is one of the 42 project management processes outlined in the fourth edition PMBOK®. It’s categorized as one of the six Integration knowledge area processes, and one of the twenty Planning process group processes.

As the name suggests, the purpose is to create the Project Management Plan, which is the only output. The Project Charter should be available when writing the Project Management Plan as it provides direction to keep plans within the purpose of the project. The Project Management Plan is not simply a single plan written at the beginning of the project—rather, the Project Management Plan is a collection of plans and baselines that are progressively elaborated upon until the completion of the project. Which plans and baselines are included in this collection of plans depends on the particular project. Examples of these subsidiary plans are: Scope Management Plan, Requirements Management Plan, Schedule Management Plan, Cost Management Plan, and Risk Management Plan. Baselines could include: Schedule, Cost, and Performance baselines. It’s important to realize that these subsidiary plans and baselines are outputs from separate processes—they’re not from the Develop Project Management Plan Process. For example, the Requirements Management Plan is an output of the Collect Requirements process, and the Scope Baseline is an output to the Create Work Breakdown Structure process. What the Develop Project Management Plan does is define, prepare, integrate, and coordinate all the subsidiary plans and baselines.