Basic Project Management Templates

The ITS Project Management Office (PMO) provides a basic project delivery framework containing tools, templates and processes.  The project methodology contained in this site explains the steps to follow for any project.  They are listed in sequence, by phase.  The information is intended to be a reference tool to assist in the management of a project from start to finish.


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The purpose of the Discovery phase is to develop the Project Charter to formalize project purpose, objectives, scope and deliverables, identify key stakeholders and potential budget requirements. Project complexity should be classified to ensure the proper level of project management rigor is applied.  It’s also a time to look at key resource availability.  Project sponsors and stakeholders decide whether to commit to the project.

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Key Activities

Draft Project Charter, review with key stakeholders and seek final approval before continuing with the project.


Define a number of key project elements including a project description, scope definition, and roles/responsibilities.  The documentation and review of these key project elements at the beginning of the project helps to avoid misunderstandings or confusion later on.

Review project sizing criteria

Determine the level and type of project management most appropriate for your project.

Determine Resource Requirements

Estimate required resources by role and skill set. Discuss with the manager from each area involved to identify resource availability and gaps.


During this phase, the Project Manager works with the project team to document high level functional and technical requirements.  The Project Manager defines high-level resource, cost and time estimates, and begins developing a project plan.  This is also the time to develop a project management plan. The project management plan defines how the project is executed, managed, and closed. The project management plan’s content varies depending on the application area and complexity but may include plans for: scope, requirements, schedule, cost, resources, communication, risk, procurement, and stakeholder engagement.

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Key Activities

Hold requirements gathering sessions


Work with project team members to document high level functional and technical requirements

 Project Schedule (WBS)




Create high level project schedule

Document project tasks, deliverables, milestones, schedule, and resources.  The project schedule will be modified as more is known

Create communication plan

Establish agreement on how team will communicate important information during the project

System Architecture Document

Define high-level system architecture plan

Prepare high-level architecture diagram showing integration with other systems and internal technical structure

Budget Tracking Spreadsheet

Create project budget and compare the planned budget against actual costs

Compare monthly actual costs against planned budget to determine whether spending is on track

Provide view of project team

Show who is on the team and the role they play

Conduct project kick-off meeting

Familiarize the project team with the project, review key elements from the project charter, review project management processes (risk, issue, change management) and receive buy-in from all project participants.


This phase is where the actual implementation or execution work begins. Project tasks and deliverables are completed and the project begins to realize the objectives and scoped defined in the Project Charter.

Design activities focus on translating the business requirements into system specifications, essentially creating “blueprints” for developing the production system.

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Key Activities

Describe how the product will work entirely from the user's perspective


Detail what the finish product will do, how a user will interact with it, and what it looks like

Technical Design Specification

Provide a detailed description of each technical requirement to be implemented as part of the project.

Include a complete technical assessment of each customization object identified to be in scope.  Define data structures, relational database models, choice of programming languages and tools, algorithms, etc.

Develop strategy to be followed for testing

Include detail in strategy when a simple test plan doesn't cover all of the areas of testing that need to be performed to ensure solution is working as planned

Change Management Plan

Prepare and support individuals, teams and organizations in making organizational change

Document sequence of steps or activities in order to drive individual, team or organizational transitions and ensure the projects meets its intended outcomes


Build consists of developing or configuring project hardware, software, and business processes according to the agreed-upon specifications.

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Prepare for testing


Build a comprehensive list of unit, string and integration tests and their overall status and testing dates.  The Traceability Matrix should be referenced

Production Cutover Plan

Prepare for Cutover

Describe the activities to bring the system live and transition the business.  Include an approach for a dry-run of system cutover process and deployment team activities.


The Testing phase ensures that all components of the solution are thoroughly tested, the production system is set up, mock system cut-overs are completed, and the training program is fully executed.

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Detail how functional and technical support will be provided


Develop a step-by-step plan to ensure functional and technical solution support is provided to new users/business units during go-live and stabilization.

Develop Go/No Go Criteria

Provide a detailed assessment as to the feasibility of moving the project forward towards go-live.  It must result in sign off from key stakeholders and/or Steering Committee

Deliver & Close

At Deliver & Close, the new system has been implemented and the project team will monitor it for a pre-defined period to ensure it is stable. All components of the solution are fully installed in a production environment and become operational to business users.

The practice of project closeout ensures that all project activities are complete and transferred as appropriate. The project should be assessed, and lessons learned and best practices applied to future projects.

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Key Activities

Review project and assess schedule, budget, and resources.  



Meet with project team to discuss pluses and deltas during the project.  Identify product or services to be transitioned and agree on process and acceptance criteria.  Conduct final project closing meeting to ensure no outstanding issues remain.  Review lessons learned.

Document lessons learned

Bring together any insights gained during a project that can be usefully applied on future projects


Manage is not a project phase. It occurs through all phases of the project. The document templates provided assist the Project Manager to ensure that the project stays on track and is delivered on time and within budget. It also provides documentation that identifies issues, risks, and decisions that occurred during the project for future reference.

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Key Activities

Highlight key project management updates



Ensure that key activities, change requests, risks, issues, action items and decisions are documented on weekly or monthly basis to provide stakeholder update

Manage and control risks, action items, issues and key decisions

Create at the start of each project so anything impacting the project now or in the future is tracked.  Keep log up-to-date through weekly reviews and team meetings