Are a 20-30 page dense project plan and hefty schedule file just too much for that smaller but important effort you've got to get done? No fear, project plans "lite" can take many useful and practical forms. Check out this example from one company's project to unify its Product Development Life-cycle methodology across 3 sites after an acquisition.
What this is
Example approach to creating a "light" project plan for a small project.
This example is derived from the plan created by a company that needed to unify their product development/project management lifecycle (PLC) process across 3 divisions. Each division had its own slightly different PLC; the project's goal was to combine the best of each site's approach to define a common process that all 3 sites would use. This "common process creation" was the project. The team consisted of 5 core members from the 3 divisions, plus another 10 "extended" members who were needed for reviews and communication to functional groups who would be affected by the project.
The team needed to get buy-in to the project and plan the project such that goals were set to ensure the project finished in the needed time, and reviews were held to make sure the project's deliverables would meet everyone's needs. However, the project was much simpler than their big development efforts and could be run more "informally." They settled on this plan approach as what they needed. Their approach can be easily adapted to other types of projects.
Why it's useful
As this team knew, some projects just don't need a long involved project plan document; they may be "small" in that they're of short duration, simple or straightforward, well-defined, and/or to be executed by a small team.
The temptation may be to run without a plan at all-just "get it done". However, any project no matter how small can benefit from some project planning fundamentals, such as identifying the project goals, risks, timeline, and team roles.
How to use it
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