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Integration Management

  • Develop Project Management Plan—4.2

The project management plan process covers all activities that identify and direct the actions of many other processes in the planning process group. Developing the project management plan includes coordinating the development of the subsidiary plans and incorporating them into the complete project plan. The main purpose of the project management plan is to define how the project is to progress from its beginning to completion.

In short, the project management plan provides the high-level game plan for how the project moves through its life cycle. PMI defines many potential subsidiary plans that make up the overall project management plan. These subsidiary plans provide the specific details for managing each aspect of the project from initiation through closure. The subsidiary project management plans could include

  • Project scope management plan
  • Requirements management plan
  • Schedule management plan
  • Cost management plan
  • Quality management plan
  • Process improvement plan
  • Human resource plan
  • Communication management plan
  • Risk management plan
  • Procurement management plan

One of the most common mistakes inexperienced project managers make is to confuse a project plan with a project schedule. The output from many common project management software packages does not qualify as a project plan. This output is a good start, but a true project plan is made up of much more information than just scheduling information. This process requires a focused effort to create a plan that incorporates all known information about a project. Table 4.1 shows the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs for the develop project management plan process.

TABLE 4.1 Develop Project Management Plan Inputs, Tools and Techniques, and Outputs


Tools and Techniques


Project charter

Expert judgment

Project management plan

Outputs from planning processes

Facilitation techniques

Enterprise environmental factors

Organizational process assets

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