The Project Management Plan

According to the PMBOK 7, as a whole project management plan consists of different project artifacts. A project management plan is a document that describes how to obtain realistic measurements, monitor, control, manage and close a project. It contains all the sub-plans and baselines that you need to be able to control each component of the project. It is an important project artifact used in planning performance domain, project work performance domain, and stakeholders performance domain.

A project management plan may contain summary information or may have detailed content. The fact that it has summary content is a preliminary indicator that it will progressively be elaborated, develop as assumptions become clear throughout the project. 

A project management plan is a document that is developed, constantly improved, checked, and updated at certain intervals, rather than created at once. When all the effort is reached, we will have a single document formed by combining the outputs produced in other processes as an input of planning.

The subsidiary plans and other components of the project management plan are as follow;

In all circumstances, the project management plan must include approved baselines. A project management plan is always a document that needs to be approved. The people who will approve this document can be the Project Manager, Project Sponsor, functional manager, or project team. Contrary to popular belief, senior management and the client are not among the people who will approve the project management plan. 

In PMBOK 6 the project management plan was the most important outcome of the planning process group. It also creates input to the execution, measurement, monitoring and controlling, and closing process groups. The process of developing a project management plan is conducted in the planning process group and integration management knowledge area.