This chapter covers:
• the role of planning in effective project management
• different types of plan
• product-based planning
• prioritization, estimation and scheduling
• PRINCE2’s requirements for the plans theme
• guidance for effective planning
9.1 The plans theme
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).
9.1.1 Plans to enable control
Plans provide the backbone of the management information required for any project; without a plan there can be no control.