The AMA Handbook of Project Management

By Paul C. Dinsmore; Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 5
Comprehensive Planning for Complex Projects
DAVID L. PELLS, PMFORUM.ORGPreparation of a project management plan is a simple, straightforward approach designed to promote and ensure comprehensive project planning. The PM plan is a combination of two plans that are often prepared separately: the traditional management plan, which describes operational management systems and approaches, and the project plan, which includes the work breakdown structure (WBS), logic, schedules, and cost estimates. Thus, they are more comprehensive than either management plans or project plans. They reflect an awareness that the people, the system, and the detailed planning are all critical to project success.This chapter outlines PM plan contents, including traditional issues such as work breakdown structures, critical path networks, Gantt charts, and earned value. It introduces ideas such as planning for organizational development, health and safety planning, and risk planning. Most importantly, it provides a framework for comprehensive project planning.
ELEMENTS OF A PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN
The project management plan typically contains 17 items, which are discussed below along with descriptive information and suggestions on how to address the topics during the planning process and what to include in the project management plan. The 17 items are as follows:
1. Introduction/overview
2. Mission and objectives
3. Work scope
4. Planning basis
5. Work breakdown structure

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