Planning project management
sizing up the barriers
The outcome of a project--its success or failure--is determined by the quality of its management plan, also known as a project management strategic plan (PMSP). This article discusses how project managers can use the PMSP to avoid common project obstacles and guide their projects towards successful completion. In doing so, it compares strategic planning for project management to overview planning for operational management and defines PMSP's key six functions: project data, scope of services, matrix, organization, sponsorship, and information system. It then explains the key reason for developing a PMSP and describes the process of developing a PMSP in relation to who, where, when, and how. It identifies the inherent conflicts in separating planning and plan implementation between planners and doers; it explains six methods people use to develop plans and the approaches people use to assimilate, organize, and evaluate information in relation to developing plans.