Levels of Project Planning – PRINCE2 Plans

prince2-msp_spiralboundPRINCE2 Levels of Project Planning

PRINCE2 is a project management methodology that was developed in the UK. This methodology defines the type of plans that a project team should consider.

Stages in PRINCE2 are defined as time-bound periods of a project, which do not overlap in time and are referred to as Management Stages. The end of a Stage may signify a major event, such as signing a major contract.  Project Phases may overlap in time, but Stages do not.  Under PRINCE2 a Project Plan is divided into Stages and a Stage plan is detailed out prior to its commencement.

PRINCE2 defines the following levels of plans:

  • Programme Planwhich may include Project Plans or one or more portfolios of multiple projects,
  • Project Plan – this is mandatory and is updated through the duration of a project,
  • Stage Planthere are a minimum of two Stage Plans: an Initiation Stage Plan and First Stage Plan. There would usually be one Stage Plan for each Stage,
  • Exception Planwhich is at the same level and detail as a Stage Plan and replaces a Stage Plan at the request of a Project Board when a Stage is forecast to exceed tolerances (contingent time), and
  • Team Planwhich is optional and would be used on larger projects where Teams deliver Products that require detailed planning. A typical example is a contractor’s plan, which would be submitted during the bid process.

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BACKGROUND ON BOOK Continued

The book provides advice on how on how the many software options may be applied to projects environments and it aims to teach readers how to plan and control projects created within the software package and stays focused on explaining how to use Primavera to schedule projects by:

– Concentrating on the core functions required to set up an enterprise environment and how to plan and control projects.

– Providing command lists at the start of each chapter as a quick reference.

– Providing a comprehensive table of contents and index of all topics.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Paul Harris holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering obtained in the UK and is a Certified Cost Engineer through AACEI International, a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner, an Approved PRINCE2 Trainer and a “Managing Successful Programmes” Registered Practitioner. He has worked in the project controls industry for a number of years and has assisted many companies in a range of industries to set up and run project controls systems. His Melbourne, Australia based company, Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, offers project controls consulting and training services world wide with a strong focus on Microsoft Project and Primavera software.
AUTHOR’S COMMENT As a project controls consultant I have used a number of planning and scheduling software packages for the management of a range of project types and sizes. The first books I published were user guides/training manuals for Primavera SureTrak®, P3 and® Microsoft Project users.

These were well received by professional project managers and schedulers, so I decided to turn my attention to developing books that demonstrated how the software is used with project management methodologies such as PRINCE2 and the PMBOK® Guide. This book follows the same layout as my other books and I trust this book will assist you in understanding how to use Primavera P6 to plan and control your projects.

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Ø  Explains in plain English and in a logical sequence the steps required to create and maintain a schedule.

Ø  Highlights the sources of information and methods that should be employed to produce a realistic and useful project schedule.

Ø  Presents workable solutions to real day to day planning and scheduling problems and contains practical advice on how to set up the software and import data.

Ø  Showing practical ways that Microsoft Project may be used to manage programmes, portfolios and projects in a PRINCE2 environment.

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Ø  Explains some of the more difficult calculations in plain English, that are often omitted in other books, and concentrates on the core functions required to plan and schedule a project in a single project environment.

Ø  Providing command lists at the start of each chapter as a quick reference.

Ø  Providing a comprehensive index of all topics.

This publication is ideal for a person who would like to quickly gain an understanding of how the software operates and explains how the software differs from other software, thus making it ideal for people who wish to convert from other products. The book was written so it may be used as:

Ø  A self teach book, or

Ø  A user guide/reference book, or

Ø  A handout for a 2 day training course.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Paul Harris holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering obtained in the UK and is a Certified Cost Engineer through AACEI International, a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner, an Approved PRINCE2 Trainer and a “Managing Successful Programmes” Registered Practitioner. He has worked in the project controls industry for a number of years and has assisted many companies in a range of industries to set up and run project controls systems. His Melbourne, Australia based company, Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, offers project controls consulting and training services world wide with a strong focus on Microsoft Project, Asta Powerproject and Oracle Primavera scheduling software.
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AUTHOR’S COMMENT As a project controls consultant I have used a number of planning and scheduling software packages for the management of a range of project types and sizes. The first books I published were user guides/training manuals for Primavera SureTrak®, P3® and Microsoft Project users. These were well received by professional project managers and schedulers, so I decided to turn my attention to developing a book for PRINCE2 Practitioners using Microsoft Project. This book follows the same proven layout of my previous books. I trust this book will assist you in understanding how to use Microsoft Project on your PRINCE2 projects.

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