Ok, so I am not asking or telling you to throw up on your project! I actually came across the term B.A.R.F. in a recent Project Management Video I watched on YouTube, by RMC Projects, and thought it was an easy, helpful way to remember 4 key points when preparing your project plans.
Video Featuring: Rita Mulcahy, PMP – An Expert in Advanced Project Management, the PMP® Exam & Risk Management. RMC Projects
What is a Project Plan?
- A project plan is a formal, multipage document that includes the: project schedule, costs, resources, risks, communication, and quality for the project and how they will be managed.
- The project plan should give a clear overview of the project so it is obvious to the Project Sponsors and others on what the project status is.
- Without a project plan, it is virtually impossible to state with any confidence where the project is on track, on budget and without any potential resourcing conflicts.
- For further information or to see an example project plan, please click here
What does B.A.R.F. Stand for When Preparing a Project Plan?
Has your Project Plan Been:
- B- BOUGHT INTO: Everyone has bought into the project’s plan of action
- A- APPROVED: You have received the stamp of approval by end users/customers/management to proceed with the project
- R- REALISTIC: The project is feasible & could be completed
- F- FORMAL: Your project plan is a formal, multi-page written document
Some helpful tips when creating a BARF Project Plan are:
- Simplicity really is the best route when developing your project plan
- The project manager should hold meetings and presentations with resource managers, stakeholders, team members, and any sponsors to obtain the project definition and negotiate & get agreements, buy-ins, and approvals
- The project plan helps you as the project manager get the project delivered and highlight any problems or work you have missed.
Have you BARFed your projects?
Source: RMC Projects