The purpose of the Plans theme is to facilitate communication and control by defining the means of delivering the products (the where and how, by whom, and estimating the when and how much).
Effective project management relies on effective planning as without a plan there is no control.
Planning provides all personnel involved in the project with information on:
The development and maintenance of credible plans provides a baseline against which progress can be measured.
They enable planning information to be disseminated to stakeholders in order to secure any commitments which support the plan.
The very act of planning helps the project management team to think ahead to ‘mentally rehearse the project’.
It is such rehearsal that enables omissions, duplication, threats and opportunities to be identified and managed.
The Plans theme provides a framework to design, develop and maintain the project’s plans (Project Plan, Stage Plans and Team Plans).
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