Ch 4: Project Management Planning

About This Chapter

This resourceful and engaging chapter on project management planning guides project managers through the project planning process. As employees work through each step of the process, they can pause to assess their comprehension by utilizing brief lesson quizzes.

Project Management Planning - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, expert instructors illustrate the project management planning process in a clear, concise format that is easy to follow. Project managers can use these lessons to learn more details about the planning phase of project management, including how to develop a project management plan and examples of project planning software. Additional topics discussed in this chapter include:

  • Creating a change control board and establishing member responsibilities
  • The structure and types of functional organization and project organization
  • Examples of requirements management plans
  • Tools and techniques for requirements analysis
  • Explanation of a requirements traceability matrix
  • Importance, process and best practices of knowledge sharing
  • Outlining Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

As each topic is discussed, employees will have the opportunity to self-assess their comprehension and retention by using the multiple-choice lesson quizzes and more extensive chapter exam. They can quickly and easily go back to review any specific points within the lessons and refer any questions on the material to instructors who are readily available to help.

How It Helps

  • Teaches organization: Organization is an crucial step in the planning process, and project managers can use these lessons to identify effective ways of organizing project management plans.
  • Explains project managing terminology: Definitions and examples are provided that help illustrate the meaning of typical project management planning terminology, such as Work Breakdown Structure and Requirements Traceability Matrix.
  • Demonstrates useful techniques: Various project management planning techniques are outlined in this chapter, including methods for conducting requirements analysis and tips for knowledge sharing.

Skills Covered

Upon completing the coursework in this chapter, employees will be able to identify:

  • The phases of project management planning
  • How to establish a change control board
  • Organizational structures and types
  • The role of WBS in time, budget, risk estimation and cost
  • Steps for requirement analysis
  • Useful tools for knowledge sharing

16 Lessons in Chapter 4: Project Management Planning
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Definition & Planning Phase of Project Management

1. Definition & Planning Phase of Project Management

This lesson focuses on an overview of the definition and planning phase of project management within the project management planning methodology and practice. Read this lesson to learn what the definition and planning phase is and common documents that should be used.

Software Project Management Plan: Structure & Examples

2. Software Project Management Plan: Structure & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn why a project management plan is necessary, understand the basic elements of a software project management plan, and see an example of a typical plan used on software projects.

Developing a Project Management Plan

3. Developing a Project Management Plan

A project management plan ensures delivery of projects on time, within budget, with the agreed-upon scope. Learn about the subsidiary plans that comprise it, inputs, and the tools and techniques essential for success.

Change Control Board: Process & Best Practices

4. Change Control Board: Process & Best Practices

Have you ever run a project that has or needed a requirement to be changed? How would you get the change approved? In this lesson you will learn about the change control board, including the process and best practices.

Change Control Board: Members & Responsibilities

5. Change Control Board: Members & Responsibilities

Welcome to the change control board, where you will learn how a committee of employees can be empowered to successfully propel a project forward, even when facing continuous changes.

Functional Organization: Definition & Structure

6. Functional Organization: Definition & Structure

Organizations have various management styles and ways of structuring departments and leadership roles. In this lesson, we will look at the functional organization management style and how is it structured.

Project Organization: Definition & Types

7. Project Organization: Definition & Types

Have you ever wondered how projects are organized? There are a few types of project organizational structures, and the type of organization will dictate how much power the project manager will have. This lesson will discuss the different types of project organizations and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Requirements Management Plan: Definition & Example

8. Requirements Management Plan: Definition & Example

Have you ever had a project that had a lot of requirements? I have used a requirement managment plan to help make sure that requirements are met and can be traced throughout the project lifecycle.

Requirements Analysis: Techniques & Example

9. Requirements Analysis: Techniques & Example

It is critically important that project requirements are analyzed completely, both while they are gathered and throughout the project life cycle. This lesson walks through several techniques, using an example of a simple development project.

Requirements Analysis: Process & Tools

10. Requirements Analysis: Process & Tools

This lesson outlines the importance of requirements analysis to project management, the different types of requirements encountered and a few tools to help discover and document them.

Requirements Traceability Matrix: Definition & Example

11. Requirements Traceability Matrix: Definition & Example

A project cannot be successful if the deliverables produced don't have clear alignment with business needs. This alignment is best planned and maintained using a requirements traceability matrix. Learn about requirements traceability matrices in this lesson.

Knowledge Sharing: Definition & Process

12. Knowledge Sharing: Definition & Process

Knowledge sharing is a deliberate exchange of information that helps with agility and growth. In this lesson, you'll learn more about what knowledge sharing is and the process that goes into it.

Knowledge Sharing: Best Practices & Tools

13. Knowledge Sharing: Best Practices & Tools

Welcome to Knowledge Sharing: Best Practices and Tools, where you will learn how to create an open environment of sharing information that leads to great innovation.

Knowledge Sharing: Importance & Quotes

14. Knowledge Sharing: Importance & Quotes

Have you wondered how information makes it from project manager to project manager? Well knowledge sharing is an important aspect of project management. It allows project managers to share knowledge with each other.

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS): Definition & Examples

15. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS): Definition & Examples

This lesson will discuss the definition and importance of the work breakdown structure, or WBS in terms of overall project management. The work breakdown structure is the idea of taking a project and breaking it down to manageable portions and pieces for completion.

Project Prioritization: Techniques, Process & Examples

16. Project Prioritization: Techniques, Process & Examples

Many times project managers have the difficult task of seeing which projects are a priority for an organization and which ones are not. This lesson examines the various techniques that project managers use to prioritize different projects in a project portfolio. The lesson also looks at the process of project prioritization with some relevant examples.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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