Project Planning Standards - Parameters and Applications
Project planning standards, for them to be true to definition, should include features, such as:
- Quality Assurance Necessities
- Risk Management Plan
- Security Measures
- Testing Techniques
- Documentation and Portfolio Requirements
No project plan standards can be deemed complete without cost details, staffing needs, resource deployment (identifying project participants and project management tools), and training facilities.
Project planning standards should also include configuration management standards aimed at minimizing disruptions affecting a project management system and ensuring smooth flow of project progress. Configuration standards should be evolved and put in place to ensure all steps are scrutinized properly, approved after thorough evaluation and drafted and documented as per requirement, and information shared.
Quality assurance also forms an indispensable part of project planning standards and quality assurance procedures should, amongst other things, ensure commitment from all team members. Audit and compliance authorities should assist quality assurance personnel to verify, at every stage, conformity of project requirements (internal or external). Project scalability varies from project to project. Quality assurance standards must obviously live up to the project size, project traits and the risks involved.
Needless to say, risk management standards are critically important while implementing project planning standards. Risk management standards must recognize internal and external project risks and include procedures for identifying and managing such risks.
No less important in project planning is establishing appropriate testing standards based on test plans which are comprehensive (subjective) in nature. These testing standards are the outcome of active participation of end-users and proper documentation of project progress at every stage. Here it is important to note that if copies of customer/client (user-oriented) data are used during test management procedures, then it becomes extremely important to set standards for the protection of data confidentiality.
Finally, care must be exercised to ensure that documentation standards comprehensively cover all details, system methodologies and technological resources. Documentation is critical for helping the team members to periodically review and modify the technology applications, system operability and standard project management procedures whenever necessary
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