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Creating a project plan based on core planning processes

Reading Assignment:
Shtub, Bard, and Globerson, Chaps. 1 and 2 PMI, Chaps. 1, 2 and 4.1

Create a project plan (based upon the core planning processes) focused on customer needs and which effectively balances project and organizational objectives with stakeholder satisfaction and which addresses the nine project management processes areas.

Begin working on the project management plan by creating the outline of the document. Identify each of the sections and write a paragraph describing the contents of each section. Describe the level of formality for review and approvals of the project plan.
Refer to the scenario outlined in the Unit 1 Discussion Board as needed.

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A project plan, according to the project management body of knowledge, is a formal document which guides the execution and controlling of a project. In this context, a project plan is undertaken in the following discussion regarding an HR web application. The project plan follows the knowledge areas of project management focusing on the needs of the stakeholders. This will help in justifying the scope of the project and its viability.

Project plan

The project management report presented here talks about the project undertaken by the disaster management authority of the county to cope with any casualty taken place anywhere in the related area. The project team members view their tasks involved in the project as fulfilling the project's goal by assisting the federal and state administration in carrying out plans for combating against any threat. With a huge responsibility to execute large scale functions and help the state and the federal governments, the organization requires adequate manpower and technological up-gradation to cope up with the challenges. Hence, the current project plan proposes the requirements of the organizations and the utility of the project, along with the implementation process and viability.

Knowledge areas of project management

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), there is a standard practice for project management, published in a document called 'A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge'. It defines that the project management life cycle mentions the phases or process groups associated with a project. These knowledge groups are categorized under initiating processes, planning processes, executing processes, controlling processes and closing processes.

These groups are divided into nine knowledge areas that can be further divided into 39 process areas. These are the descriptions that form the foundations for determining the characteristics, processes and the maturity level of a project. The nine knowledge areas in a project are project integration, scope of the project, time frame, cost, quality, HR requirements, communication, associated risks and procurement. Each of these areas has to go through five phases, namely initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing. This means that at every stage or a knowledge area, there is initiation, planning, execution, controlling and closing of any task or activity (Shtub, Bard & Globerson, 2005).

After attaining good knowledge about the project plan, we will further discuss the project objectives and the description of the project according to the knowledge areas of project management. This will enhance your knowledge about the alignment of the project according to the requirements of specified areas.

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