Planning Process Group in PMBOK 6

Planning process group was an important categorization in PMBOK 6. Starting with the introduction of the new PMBOK, process groups are replaced by the project management principles and value delivery system concept, and knowledge areas are replaced by the performance domains and tailoring processes as a part of the body of knowledge. The planning aspect of projects is now examined in a detailed way as a part of the planning performance domain.

Here we will go over the information in PMBOK 6 as process groups are still part of recommended project management models according to the result of the tailoring approach. With predictive lifecycles, usage of process groups is still valid.

After successfully completing the initiating processes, the planning process group is where we begin to go into more detail. It is where we understand the work and specifically determine how to do the work. It is a group of processes in which we produce guidance for implementing project goals and tasks that need to be completed within the scope of the project and determine the best methods among the alternatives in order to achieve these goals. Therefore it is a very important part of project management exams. Along with exam study, planning is also the core of the project management approach. Keep in mind that success is always planned.
In the planning process group, a specific guide is created to complete the project with minimum errors possible. Planning processes are a group of processes in which the project manager actually controls the project, where he does most of the work by leading the core project team. In the planning process group, by using assumptions and constraints the necessary project documents to execute the project are created, such as the project management plan and baselines. The lack of planning processes simply means chaos in executing processes, also in monitoring and controlling processes, you would probably lack a basement to compare actual project results and obtain reasonable measurements.

The planning process group has a high strategic significance. It is because all executing, monitoring and control and closing process groups need planning processes to perform efficiently. Also, they need outputs and documents generated during planning processes in order to perform their functions. Planning is also the process group that contains the most processes. For this reason, planning processes in some projects can be at least as time-consuming as implementation processes. This situation should not be perceived as a negative phenomenon. Because a good plan always leads to a faster and more complete executing phase.

Success is not achieved by only taking action. Similarly, you can not reach success by controls and inspections only. Success is planned. Every successful outcome owes this to a feasible plan. Every project needs guidance.  In project management, this guidance is provided by a very valuable document named project management plan. Every knowledge area has a plan for itself and they are part of the project management plan. This process group consists of endeavors to create this plan which will be used throughout the project. The planning process group is where we begin to get into more detail after completing the initiating process group. 

In PMBOK 7 Planning performance domain is used but they may coexist with other performance domains such as uncertainty performance domain, stakeholder performance domain, or team performance domain. The sub-plans created here are project artifacts used in a variety of performance domains and are still useful to add value to the project. They are also used for measurement purposes as a part of the measurement performance domain.

Processes in Planning Process Group

Comments:

1- Jake 01.06.2021

I think there are too many planning processes and they all seem similar. Learning about the essence of planning processes will be enough for almost all project management exams. Generally, they define how to conduct execution and controlling processes of a certain knowledge area. Remembering specific components of a few subsidiary plans will be enough for the exam. Btw thanks for the elaboration of the topic.