PMM Planning Phase

Project planning follows project initiation and is often considered the most important phase in project management. Time spent up front identifying the needs and structure for organizing and managing a project saves countless hours of confusion and rework in the execution and control phases.

The purpose of the planning phase is to define the course of action necessary to accomplish project goals and objectives. This course of action is typically called a project management plan. It addresses all aspects of project management and includes scope, time, cost, quality, communications, human resources, risks, procurement, and stakeholder engagement. Development of the project management plan is iterative, as new information and changes occur throughout the project lifecycle, which require revisiting one or more components of the project management plan. Actual management of the project, which occurs in the execution and control phases, is the process of doing what was described in the project management plan.