Project implementation and success is at the core of moving your business forward and keeping it successful. It builds teams, hones leaders and gets the job done. It also involves lots of paperwork.
While it may not be critical to drown in hard copy and files, there are some specific types of documentation that are truly important to great project management. For example, the charter is rather like a mandate, detailing the customer’s requirements, the scope of the project itself and the authority by which it has been launched. The project manager and initiator should also create a project management plan, which outlines things like costs, procurement of needed items, project resources, schedule and stakeholders.
While the above details the scope and the non-human resources, human resources are covered by work breakdown structure, that notes all actionable tasks to be implemented by the team. A risk management plan notes risks and plans to deal with them and a change request log makes note of changes, so that later on differences from the projected scope of the charter can be defended.
- Your project charter is rather like a mandate for the project, detailing the customer’s specific wants and the scope of the project and the authorization to do it.
- It’s a great idea to have a change request log, that charts any changes from the original pre-formed plan.
- Although all risks can never be predicted, it’s a good idea to have a risk management plan, noting plausible areas of risk, inherent to the project, and specifying plans to deal with these risks.
“In the WBS, all deliverables (product or service) are broken down to the smallest unit.”