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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Develop a Project Plan Template

Organize your thoughts with a project plan, preferably one you can reuse for more projects at your organization. Here’s my template for a project plan:

  • Product purpose

  • History

  • Release criteria

  • Goals

  • Project organization

  • Schedule overview

  • Project staffing (staffing curve)

  • Proposed schedule

  • Risk list

Product Purpose

Briefly describe the product, why the organization wants to produce it, what benefits accrue to the company, and so on. What’s the value of this release, if it’s a follow-on release (three to four sentences)? If you have written the vision in a charter, you might be able to use that here. Sometimes the vision from the charter isn’t enough for a project. Or, the vision applies to a program (a series ...

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