Step 1: Project Goals
As a first step, it is important to identify the stakeholders in your project. It it not always easy to identify the stakeholders of a project, particularly those impacted indirectly.
- Once you understand who the stakeholders are, the next step is to find out their needs.
The next step, once you have conducted all the interviews, and have a comprehensive list of needs is to prioritise them.
Step 2: Project Deliverables
Add the deliverables to the project plan with an estimated delivery date. More accurate delivery dates will be established during the scheduling phase, which is next.
Step 3: Project Schedule
- The amount of effort (hours or days) required to complete the task.
- The resource who will carryout the task.
Once you have established the amount of effort for each task, you can workout the effort required for each deliverable, and an accurate delivery date. Update your deliverables section with the more accurate delivery dates.
Step 4: Supporting Plans
Human Resource Plan
- Identify by name, the individuals and organizations with a leading role in the project. For each, describe their roles and responsibilities on the project.
- Next, describe the number and type of people needed to carryout the project. For each resource detail start dates, estimated duration and the method you will use for obtaining them.
- Create a document showing who needs to be kept informed about the project and how they will receive the information. The most common mechanism is a weekly or monthly progress report, describing how the project is performing, milestones achieved and work planned for the next period.
Risk Management Plan
- Risk management is an important part of project management. Although often overlooked, it is important to identify as many risks to your project as possible, and be prepared if something bad happens.