Project Initiation Plan (PIP) – the key deliverable produced during Project Planning (High Level). The initial plan will be refined during Project Planning (Detail Level) and iteratively throughout the entire project management lifecycle and will serve as the main guide to follow during Project Execution and Control. The Project Initiation Plan incorporates the deliverables described in each Task of this section: the refined business case (refined from the Charter), overall goal, specific objectives, success criteria, scope definition, high level schedule, stakeholder accountabilities, a communication plan, benefits and costs, governance and resourcing, the management approaches and a high level risk plan.
The Project Initiation Plan is used to:
Provide a foundation for the projects with the overall scope and objectives
Present a preliminary budget for the Project
Gain confidence of the funding source to be able to proceed to Detail Planning
Guide Project Planning (Detail Level)
Document project planning (High level) assumptions
Facilitate communication among internal and external Stakeholders and understand accountabilities
Define key management reviews as to content, extent and timing
Approved or Rejected PIP or a Request for Additional Information – The PIP is signed by the appropriate authorized people, indicating one of the three possible outcomes:
PIP approval to proceed to Project Planning (Detail Level) and Project Execution and Control.
Request for additional information, or
The PIP is rejected and a decision is made to halt the project.
See Appendix: CPMM Project Initiation Plan