Unit 8: Other Project Plans

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe" - Abraham Lincoln

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To this point we have discussed a number of discrete documents as essential elements of any project plan:

  • WBS
  • Schedule
  • Budget
  • Stakeholder register, and
  • Risk register

Although they are the cornerstones, you will quite often see a number of other documents included in the planning mix. These include:

  • Quality management plans
  • Human resource plans
  • Finance or cost management plans, and
  • Procurement plans

…to name but a few. For a project plan is much more than a single, end-to-end document. It is quite often a complex series of interconnected files.

For example, you may maintain your WBS, schedule and budget in Microsoft Project; your stakeholder and risk registers in spreadsheets, and you human resource plan in a word processing application; all of which are shared across a cloud drive.

So in this Unit we will introduce some of these additional plans, but the question you should be asking is do I really need all these documents on every single project?

In fact, some projects can actually suffer from overly complex process.

Keeping in mind that these documents (and the organisational policies and procedures that inform them) are intended to support project delivery – as opposed to getting in the way, or becoming an end unto themselves – in wrapping up this planning Module we will show you how to scale your project plan so that it is ultimately fit for its purpose.