Core Processes & Facilitating Processes

Core Processes – Some planning processes have clear dependencies that require them to be performed in essentially the same order on most projects. For example, activities must be defined before they can be scheduled or costed. These core-planning processes may be iterated several times during any one phase of a project. They include:

  • Scope Definition & Planning
  • Activity Planning
  • Schedule Development
  • Resource Planning
  • Cost Estimating and Budgeting
  • Project Plan Development

Facilitating Processes – Interactions among the other planning processes are more dependent upon the nature of the project. For example, on some projects there may be little or no identifiable risk until after most of the planning has been done and the team recognizes that the cost and schedule targets are extremely aggressive and thus involve considerable risk. Although these facilitating processes are performed intermittently and as needed during project planning, they are not optional. They include:

  • Quality Planning
  • Organizational Planning
  • Staff Acquisition
  • Communications Planning
  • Risk Identification
  • Risk Quantification
  • Risk Response Development
  • Procurement Planning
  • Solicitation Planning
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