Why is it important to have a standardized format for a Project Management Plan?
Project (and program) management is a professional discipline that focuses on developing, implementing, operating, improving, and/or retiring enterprise resources. Project and Program Managers (PMs) are responsible for meeting the goals of the project or program. Controlling successful outcomes involves the management of five primary aspects of a project/program: managing scope; controlling costs, maintaining the schedule, achieving desired levels of product performance, and mitigating risk. Projects and Programs are terms that encompass the work that an enterprise does. Projects are different from programs in that projects create new or updated resources/capabilities. Programs include projects as well as the ongoing governance and business services that constitute most of the activities of an enterprise. Programs are oriented toward the management of existing (legacy) resources/capabilities, whereas projects build new or upgrade existing resources/capabilities.