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.

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