Project planning and control is the heart of any project or construction management endeavor. A successful project is described as "one that meets the project owner's needs and expectations and is completed on time and within budget." In reality, a successful project needs to meet not only the owner's needs and expectations but also all other stakeholder's goals, including the contractors. In order for this to happen, a project plan must be developed and implemented. The plan provides essential information that helps the project team determine how to perform the work and when work must be done in order to ensure a successful outcome. The project plan is represented within the schedule and without a well thought out plan and well developed schedule, there is no way that the team can establish common goals, communicate those goals with each other, measure progress against those goals, and manage inevitable change.When this is done well, everyone can be successful, with all stakeholders achieving their respective goals and objectives.
Documenting projects leaves a professional account of your work
- Current Configuration
- Project Issues and Resolutions
- Outstanding Issues & Resolutions
Content will vary in depth and range depending on the nature of the project, time spans, and circulation. However, there are some items that stakeholders will usually want to see in most projects. These will encompass the “hard” factual items, such as server and software configurations, and the “soft” items like project issues, minutes of meetings, and points of contact.