Finding a Project Plan Template

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You don’t want just any old Project Plan Template.

It’s a funny trick of the light in Project Planning.  While every project is different, in many ways, every project plan looks the same!

Let me kick off this article by letting you know that if you’re looking to download a schedule template or Gantt chart template, you’re might want to keep looking.  While this might increase my bounce rate for this article, it will also tell me straight away, exactly how many people really understand what a project plan is in the first place!

You see, many people tend to think the project plan is just a schedule.  In actual fact, the schedule is just the third or maybe fourth task that needs to be completed as part of the overall project plan.

The project plan contains so much more than just a schedule and by understanding exactly what a project plan should contain, you can significantly increase the chances of getting a project right and reducing things that may go wrong.

This topic is near and dear to our hearts here at Grapple. We have spent much of our time and resources trying to develop an online tool that helps you develop the perfect project plan, with as little effort as possible.  Our overall mission here at grapple is to improve the quality of project management And simplify the lives of project managers everywhere.

So let’s get started. The easiest way to start, is to look at the main aspects of a project plan.  If you then want to see a live version, you can access Grapple for FREE HERE and see real project plans in action.

You see, no matter what type of project you’re doing, the project plan is often structured the same way.  It doesn’t matter whether you are running an event, undertaking engineering design, construction, IT, change management or business process improvement.  A good project plan has the same elements, but only the content of the project plan will be adjusted to suit the particular type of projects!

What should be in a good project plan?

A good Project Plan template should include the following major sections.

  • Project name
  • Project Team (including Project Manager)
  • Description of project
  • Purpose and business case
  • Scope statement
  • Stakeholders
  • Key deliverables
  • Key milestones (Schedule)
  • Budget
  • Procurement
  • Quality
  • Resources
  • Communications

In some cases, the project plan will be specific to an industry and may require additional sections that talk about how to manage those particular aspects.  In which case you may require additional aspects for the project plan that cover things such as

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Information technology

Provided these aspects of the project plan template are met, you will achieve a high quality, industry standard project plan.  In fact, the sections outlined above, are those sections required by PMBOK v5 and ISO 21500.

If your project is relatively small or not very complex, you simply won’t require too much information against each of these aspects listed above.  As your project becomes more complex or larger in scale, each of the sections outlined above may become a complete plan of their own.

If you’re looking to get a project plan completed quickly, you can access Grapple for a FREE TRIAL. We have different templates for different types of projects – many of them partially completed for you!

If we still haven’t met your requirements or given you what you’re looking for, please let us know and would be happy to provide more information to you.

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