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Project Planning

a flowchart showing the project management planning phase

The next stage in the project lifecycle is the Project Planning phase, and follows the approval to continue given at the first review, Review of Start Up.

This is when you turn the idea for the project in to a plan for how you will achieve it. It is also the opportunity to make sure that all the people involved in the project, or will be affected by it, are clear about what it will achieve and what they need to do. This stage is important because the preparation you do now, will determine how successfully the project delivers what you set out to.

This stage includes:

  • A Project Definition Workshop:
    • Stakeholder Analysis.
    • Equalities Impact Assessment.
    • Environmental Impact Assessment.
    • Key Project Dates.
  • Development of your Risk Strategy.
  • Producing plans for how you will deliver the project:
    • Project Plan.
    • Stage Plan.
    • Quality Plan.
    • Communication Plan.
  • Putting Controls  in place for the management of the project:
    • Versioning.
    • Change Control.
    • Exception Planning.
    • Highlight Report.
  • Producing a Business Case 2nd Draft.
  • Assembling the Project Initiation Document.

The first step is to conduct a Project Definition Workshop involving the key stakeholders in order to define the project in detail.

  • Modified: Apr 4, 2013 9:07:54 AM