Agile Project Management #05 – Planning Process Activities

It is during the planning process when project managers create the most artifacts in a classic project management environment. The overarching activity is “Create the Project Management Plan.” What is the Project Management Plan and what is in it? In the PMBOK®, the plans within this plan are the following (including the Knowledge Area in which they are classified):

  1. Scope management plan (Project Scope Management)
  2. Requirements management plan (Project Scope Management)
  3. Schedule management plan (Project Schedule Management)
  4. Cost management plan (Project Cost Management)
  5. Quality management plan (Project Quality Management)
  6. Resource management plan (Project Resource Management)
  7. Communication management plan (Project Communications Management)
  8. Risk management plan (Project Risk Management)
  9. Procurement management plan (Project Procurement Management)
  10. Stakeholder management plan (Project Stakeholder Management)
  11. Change management plan (Project Integration Management)
  12. Configuration management plan (multiple knowledge areas)
  13. Scope baseline (Project Scope Management)
  14. Schedule baseline (Project Schedule Management)
  15. Cost baseline (Project Cost Management)
  16. Performance measurement baseline (multiple knowledge areas)
  17. Project life cycle description (multiple knowledge areas)
  18. Development approach (multiple knowledge areas)

Also, there are 33 (!) documents which are associated with these plans, baselines, and descriptions. And those lists do not include all the activities in the Planning Process Group. Other activities (with their knowledge areas) include:

  1. Collect requirements (Project Scope Management)
  2. Create work breakdown structure (Project Scope Management)
  3. Define activities, sequence activities, and estimate time for activities (Project Schedule Management)
  4. Estimate costs and determine budget (Project Cost Management)
  5. Estimate resources needed for activities (Project Resource Management)
  6. Identify risks and perform qualitative and quantitative risk analysis (Project Risk Management)
  7. Plan risk responses (Project Risk Management)

Well, that seems like a lot of upfront work! Can’t we just start, all Agile-like? Can we leave anything out from the list? Can we do some of it later? In future blog posts, we will take this apart piece by piece and see when and if these activities should take place in an Agile environment. We will start in the next post with Scope Management.


  1. PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition

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