Project Planning Phase

The Project Planning Phase is the second phase in the project life cycle. It involves creating of a set of plans to help guide your team through the execution and closure phases of the project.

The plans created during this phase will help you to manage time, cost, quality, change, risk and issues. They will also help you manage staff and external suppliers, to ensure that you deliver the project on time and within budget.

There are 10 Project Planning steps you need to take to complete the Project Planning Phase efficiently. These steps and the templates needed to perform them, are shown in the following diagram.

Click each link in the diagram below, to learn how these templates will help you to plan projects efficiently.

Activities

1.
Create a
Project Plan

2.
Create a
Resource Plan

3.
Create a
Financial Plan

4.
Create a
Quality Plan

5.
Create a
Risk Plan

6.
Create a
Acceptance Plan

7.
Create a
Communications Plan

8.
Create a
Procurement Plan

9.
Contract the
Suppliers

10.
Perform a
Phase Review

The Project Planning Phase is often the most challenging phase for a Project Manager, as you need to make an educated guess of the staff, resources and equipment needed to complete your project. You may also need to plan your communications and procurement activities, as well as contract any 3rd party suppliers.

In short, you need to create a comprehensive suite of project plans which set out a clear project roadmap ahead.

The Project Planning Template suite will help you to do this, by giving you a comprehensive collection of Project Planning templates.

By using these project planning templates, you can quickly and easily plan your project. Learn more about the Project Planning Template suite now.

Or try our Free Project Management Book

"This Project Planning
Template suite
really does
help you to plan a project. It's
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help you along the way."

Alan Jacobs
Telecoms
Project Manager

"If you want Project Planning
templates that work, then this
Project Planning template
suite will benefit you. Every
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Tyrone Williamson
Project Manager
Williamson Builders

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