Have You BARFed Your Project Yet?

25 Apr

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


3 responses to “Have You BARFed Your Project Yet?

  1. mike coughlin

    April 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I’m not sure if I’ll ever think of Project Management preparation again in the same manner. 🙂
    Thanks for creating another good article to read.

  2. Kenneth Munsterman

    April 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Great post! The acronym is funny and easy to remember, and I will use it in the future!

  3. Lisa Drake

    April 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you Mike and Kenneth for commenting on my post. I’m glad you found it helpful!!


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