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Planning in Agile Project Management: Product research and deliverables planning

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Planning in Agile Project Management: Product research and deliverables planning

The following article is part of the self-preparation for the modern BVOP® Project Management Certification program.

Planning a project in the context of the BVOP is focused on the following major topics:

  1. Product research planning
  2. Major deliverables planning
  3. Product development planning
  4. The product development planning characteristics
  5. Product validation planning

Product research planning

Product research planning may include:

  • Collecting all databases or resources from previous projects and initiatives related to user research practices and analyzing the information.
  • Finding proper users for user research practices.
  • Scheduling research sessions.
  • Preparing tools and environment needed for the product research.

Major deliverables planning

May include planning of the product features or modules, their dependencies, and stages of development.

It may also include a plan of possible sub-products, services, external products, and other related initiatives that may be included in the scope of the project.

Planning includes high-level definitions of the deliverables and approximately their desired or estimated completion time presented as quarters of the year, months, or other relative time units.

This plan may be helpful for scheduling other activities related to the product, such as marketing campaigns, establishing other parties' relationships, or estimating high-level cost.

The use of work breakdown structures and other similar tools should not be taken as a method of helping accurate estimates of resources and time needed for project completion, as it may lead to errors.

Detailed delivery, time, and cost plans need to be considered as an estimate by all stakeholders, and everyone must be aware of a high probability of inaccuracies.

Product development planning

Product development planning may include:

  • Choosing development methodologies
  • Planning teams
  • Planning meetings
  • Planning resources 

The product development planning characteristics

The planning of the development is recorded in brief documents, which may need to be introduced, discussed, approved, or used for future reference.

Planning documents should be easy to edit and maintain when needed.

All plannings are brief and understandable by anyone involved in the project. 

Standard and accessible terms and language are used in plans. If team members involved in the project do not understand a term, they should quickly get familiar.

All teams and key roles read all documents.

When new team members join the project, they become acquainted with the planning documentation.

Teams are informed about planning changes.

Teams have quick access to all plans.

Product validation planning

Product validation planning includes an overview of how and when the product development process will be validated, as well as by whom.

Any idea, wireframe, feature, already developed functionality, and the entire product needs validation.

The following issues related to chapter "Planning" are included in the certification exam. The sequence of questions is presented in the table.
The data is current as of July 8, 2020, 5:46 pm

ID Issue Time Category
0 Product research planning 60 sec PM, PDM
1 Major deliverables planning 60 sec PM, PDM
2 Product validation planning 60 sec PM, PDM
3 The product development planning characteristics 60 sec PM, PDM
4 Product development planning 60 sec PM, PDM
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