Expanding project management principles from concept through implementation

RSPLAN is a project management tool that was developed for IBM's RISC System/6000 Division to address the planning aspects of project management, as well provide a link to schedule management tools. This article describes several aspects of this effort. The RSPLAN state flow model is used to track various processes and map them against a project's four-state life cycle: 1) open state (deciding if the project meets business needs), 2) candidate state (deciding which projects are to receive funding), 3) working state (identifying and committing resources for project implementations), and 4) commit state (projects that are committed for implementation). This article recommends that standard project management tools be supplemented with a tool that is used early in the project life cycle to specialize in scope and cost management.
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