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Project Charter Done, check...Now the hard work!!! The plan
Anonymous
I have drafted a project charter, and have been approved to move ahead with the project....this is the first time this has happened as many of my charters get dismissed. Now i have to build the plan. I understand what is needed for a true plan, but i am worried about where to start? Even formatting confuses me. Should i have one document with all the components? or should i have multiple documents? Most of my team members are only interested in the schedule.
This is embarrassing as i know what i need to do, i just need a kick in the right direction to get moving...building charters over the year and having them turned down hasn't allowed me to do a full cycle project. It is very tempting to just use the Charter as the only document.
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Think of the PM Plan as being a briefcase with many files representing the different sub-plans. Depending on the scale and complexity of the project, you might have multiple standalone plans or a single comprehensive integrated one. The key is the content, not the structure.

I'd start with a couple of key outcomes - stakeholder identification & analysis and your WBS. Those two will help to drive a number of the other activities & outcomes.

Kiron
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Apr 15, 2019 9:42 AM
anonymous
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Thank you Kiron.
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I concur with Kiron on this.
In addition, conduct a risk assessment.
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A plan is a document composed for subsidiary plans. All inside it must answer five main questions: what to do (project requirements), how to do (project activities), when to do (project schedule), who do it (project stakeholders and project team), how much it cost (project cost). On top of all that is project risk, project quality, project communication. The tools and techniques you use is up to you in the sense that you can use the PMBOK as a guide to choose them or not.
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Really great feedback from Kiron, Anish, and Sergio. It certainly can seem overwhelming, but just take a step back, look at the forest, I begin putting together the information. Once you get started, it will come easier. Using MS Excel, or OneNote, can be helpful as you can build up the different artifacts on each their own tab, seeing the plan come to life right in front of you. Excel is nice b/c you can even build a summary tab to help showcase certain information.

Good luck. Let us know your progress!
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Yes, great feedback already given by the others.

I think you have to show your team that it is worthwhile to plan and that it is not your plan but their plan too. Otherwise you might end up not respected but seen as a bureaucrat.

So, sketch out the steps how to get to a schedule, e.g. like Sergio did, on one page and get buy in from them for these steps. Ask them to participate. The plan does not to be perfect, be sure everyone understands it will be revised and refined during the project anyhow.
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People that confuse a project plan with a project schedule have very limited or nullified knowledge in project management. It is important to follow the advices given by the peers and present a project plan to your sponsor. In thi way you also start doing proselytism on PM good practices across your company.
Anonymous
Apr 12, 2019 2:06 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Think of the PM Plan as being a briefcase with many files representing the different sub-plans. Depending on the scale and complexity of the project, you might have multiple standalone plans or a single comprehensive integrated one. The key is the content, not the structure.

I'd start with a couple of key outcomes - stakeholder identification & analysis and your WBS. Those two will help to drive a number of the other activities & outcomes.

Kiron
Thank you Kiron.
Anonymous
and thank you everyone else in helping me move forward. very daunting.
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Great advice put forward by the previous commentors.
One step at a time, you'll make it through.
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Using a template would be a great idea for beginners

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