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Project Implementation Plan

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A project management plan is a communications tool, which clearlyProject Implementation Plan sets expectations for all team members.

It helps new team members quickly see who is involved with the project and helps minimize project delays due to miscommunication. It also helps other stakeholders know what is expected of them and when.

Some organizations have very large IT departments and staff are assigned to numerous projects at one time—A project plan ensures that all team members know what they are expected to deliver, when it is required, who will accept the deliverable and how it will be approved.
 
Why is it Important?

Imagine an architect planning a new building. The design is not complete but he already should know key things like what standards the design specifications should meet, what building codes will apply, how he will expect suppliers to communicate delays, etc. A project implementation plan is very similar. It is a road map and schedule needed to ensure timely completion of the project.

What is included in an implementation plan?

An information management project manager should create a project implementation plan to include the following:
  • Project objectives and goals specifies what the project is intended to achieve—This should be a re-statement of the objectives and goals described in the business case; 
  • Resource plan specifies roles and responsibilities for all information management jobs and how project team management is organized including:
    • The expected level of effort required for each resource together with the cost and work schedule; and  
    • Other project resources, such as team rooms, specialized software, licenses, and software project management tools, etc,
  • Project approach specifies the tasks and deliverables, project management methodologies and approach that will be utilized and how project documentation will be managed. The approach also describes any planned iterative development or prototyping methodology that might be adopted by the project team;
  • Risk management plan defines the process that will be followed to identify and resolve project risks;
  • Configuration management plan identifies deliverables that will be included in formal configuration management, what configuration management tools will be used and what project management templates are required;
  • Project quality management plan specifies plans to ensure deliverables comply with standards and best practices, including any review/checkpoints;
  • Test plan specifies how quality assurance testing will be managed, who will be responsible for creating test cases, what software test tools will be required, and how project acceptance will be determined;
  • Requirements management plan and project management scope specifies how requirements will be reviewed and approved, what requirements management tools will be used and how the requirement traceability matrix will be maintained; 
  • Documentation management plan should specify the project management document review process and baseline procedures together with any other project documentation standards;
  • Project scope management specifies the approach for ensuring that the project does not deviate from the project objectives and how “scope creep” will be addressed.


Summary...

Project management objectives include creating a project implementation plan as a communications tool, to clearly set expectations for all team members. It is important to complete it early in the project and carefully manage it to ensure on time, within budget project delivery.



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