While I’m no longer a formal Project Manager, from time to time I still have the need to create a project Plan or to help someone else to organize a project plan. Usually. I find that it is easier to get to a more holistic plan faster, if I have a pattern of essential tasks and milestone to work with. So, I usually go to a template which I have assembled across time use as an accelerator and/or job aide. The attached project plan templates are for a common data warehouse project pattern, but by no means is intended to be the end all of project plans; it is just a starter kick, sort of speak.
There are several reasons why projects plan patterns may vary, other than the experience and knowledge of project planner, among them are:
- The environment migration pattern in use
- The application stack of the of the environment
- The tools use to manage the project plan (MS Project, JIRA, OpenProj, etc.)
- The size and complexity of the project team
Here is project plan mockup around Infosphere Datastage, but should be adaptable to any other ETL application.