project planning

Project planning is a discipline for stating how to complete a project within a certain timeframe, usually with defined stages, and with designated resources. One view of project planning divides the activity into:

  • Setting objectives (these should be measurable)
  • Identifying deliverables
  • Planning the schedule
  • Making supporting plans

Supporting plans may include those related to: human resources, communication methods, and risk management.

Computer hardware and software project planning within an enterprise is often done using a project planning guide that describes the process that the enterprise feels has been successful in the past.

Tools popularly used for the scheduling part of a plan include the Gantt chart and the PERT chart.

Contributor(s): Patricia Vio
This was last updated in March 2007
Posted by: Margaret Rouse
View the next item in this Essential Guide: systems development life cycle (SDLC) or view the full guide: Project prioritization and portfolio management guide for CIOs

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