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Part 9: Appendixes > Before "Setting Sail"

Before "Setting Sail"

The Iterative processes of Project Management (repeated during the life cycle of the project and/or during any one phase of the project—Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, and Closing) frames the fundamentals of carrying out a project. By applying this process model, the project manager, regardless of experience, will significantly increase his or her chances of carrying out a project plan successfully.

Following the Initiating phase, which creates the project charter, a majority of a project manager's time (often estimated to be 7–10% of the total project duration) will be spent on planning. In fact, 19 of the 37 processes previously outlined are in planning. While Microsoft Project can significantly assist in developing the scope of the project, other tools and techniques should be used prior to developing a time-driven schedule. These distinct products of project management planning can include a scope statement (or statement of work), supporting detail, a scope management plan, a comprehensive WBS, a precedence diagram (or Network diagram), a resource assignment matrix for staff acquisition, a cost budget, a quality management plan, a risk management plan and, finally, a procurement plan if goods or services need to be obtained from outside the performing organization. Each of these deliverables is derived through careful planning of the project. (For further information, refer to the PMBOK Guide for a clear description of each one.)


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