There are three main phases to project management: (1) Proposal, (2) Initiate and Deliver, and (3) Closure. In total, there are 7 documents, that are called products, which the Project Manager needs to create. The products required in each of the 3 phases are below. See them as tools, not administrative overhead.
At the start, create a Project Initiation Document (PID) and Stakeholder Analysis.
Here comes the mess.
During initiation and delivery, create a Risks, Actions, Issues, Dependencies (RAID) log, Project Status Report (PSR), Project Delivery and Resource Plan and Kick Off Document.
At the end, create a Lessons Learnt document.
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