International Organization for Standardization: ISO 10006:2003(E)

Quality management systems in projects. Management commitment and strategic process. Management reviews and progress evaluations. Interdependency-related processes. Scope-related processes. Measurement, analysis and improvement. One continual improvement.

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Normative references

Terms and definitions

Quality management systems in projects

Management responsibility

Resource management

Product realization

Measurement, analysis and improvement



This International Standard provides guidance on quality management in projects. It outlines quality management principles and practices, the implementation of which are important to, and have an impact on, the achievement of quality objectives in projects. It supplements the guidance given in ISO 9004.

These guidelines are intended for a wide audience. They are applicable to projects which can take many forms from the small to very large, from simple to complex, from being an individual project to being part of a programme or portfolio of projects. They are intended to be used by personnel who have experience in managing projects and need to ensure that their organization is applying the practices contained in the ISO 9000 family of standards, as well as those who have experience in quality management and are required to interact with project organizations in applying their knowledge and experience to the project. Inevitably, some groups will find that material presented in the guidelines is unnecessarily detailed for them, however other readers may be dependent on the detail.

It is recognized that there are two aspects to the application of quality management in projects; that of the project processes and that of the project's product. A failure to meet either of these dual aspects may have significant effects on the project's product, the project's customer and other interested parties, and the project organization.

These aspects also emphasize that the achievement of quality objectives is a top management responsibility, requiring a commitment to the achievement of quality objectives to be instilled at all levels within the organizations involved in the project. However, each level should retain responsibility for their respective processes and products.

The creation and maintenance of process and product quality in a project requires a systematic approach. This approach should be aimed at ensuring that the stated and implied needs of the customer are understood and met, that other interested parties' needs are understood and evaluated, and that the originating organization's quality policy is taken into account for implementation in the management of the project.


This International Standard gives guidance on the application of quality management in projects.

It is applicable to projects of varying complexity, small or large, of short or long duration, in different environments, and irrespective of the kind of product or process involved. This can necessitate some tailoring of the guidance to suit a particular project.

This International Standard is not a guide to "project management" itself. Guidance on quality in project management processes is discussed in this International Standard. Guidance on quality in a project's product-related processes, and on the "process approach", is covered in ISO 9004.

Since this International Standard is a guidance document, it is not intended to be used for certification/registration purposes.

Normative references

The following referenced documents are indispensable for the application of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 9000:2000, Quality management systems -- Fundamentals and vocabulary

ISO 9004: 2000, Quality management systems -- Guidelines for performance improvements

NOTE The Bibliography contains additional references applicable to quality management in projects.

Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO 9000 and the following apply. Some of the definitions below are quoted directly from ISO 9000:2000, but are also supplemented with notes specific to projects.


(project) smallest identified item of work in a project (3.5) process (3.3)

interested party

person or group having an interest in the performance or success of an organization

EXAMPLE Customers, owners, people in an organization, suppliers, bankers, unions, partners or society.

NOTE 1 A group can comprise an organization, a part thereof, or more than one organization. [ISO 9000:2000, definition 3.3.7]

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NOTE 2 Interested parties may include

customers (of the project's products),

consumers (such as a user of the project's product),

owners of the project (such as the organization originating the project),partners (as in joint-venture projects),

funders (such as a financial institution),

suppliers or subcontractors (e.g. organizations supplying products to the project organization), society (such as jurisdictional or regulatory bodies and the public at large), and internal personnel (such as members of the project organization).

NOTE 3 There can be conflicting interests among interested parties. These may need to be resolved for the project to be successful.


set of interrelated or interacting activities which transforms inputs into outputs

І NOTE 1 Inputs to a process are generally outputs of other processes.

NOTE 2 Processes in an organization are generally planned and carried out under controlled conditions to add value. [ISO 9000:2000, definition 3.4.1 (excluding Note 3)]

progress evaluation

assessment of progress made on achievement of the project (3.5) objectives

NOTE 1 This assessment should be carried out at appropriate points in the project life cycle across project processes, based on criteria for project processes and product.

NOTE 2 The results of progress evaluations may lead to revision of the project management plan (3.7).


unique process, consisting of a set of coordinated and controlled activities (3.1) with start and finish dates, undertaken to achieve an objective conforming to specific requirements, including the constraints of time, cost and resources

[ISO 9000:2000, definition 3.4.3 (excluding Notes)]

NOTE 1 An individual project may form part of a larger project structure.

NOTE 2 In some projects the objectives and scope are updated and the product characteristics defined progressively as the project proceeds.

NOTE 3 The project's product (see ISO 9000:2000, 3.4.2) is generally defined in the project scope (see 7.3.1). It may be one or several units of product and may be tangible or intangible.

NOTE 4 The project's organization is normally temporary and established for the lifetime of the project.

NOTE 5 The complexity of the interactions among project activities is not necessarily related to the project size.

project management

planning, organizing, monitoring, controlling and reporting of all aspects of a project (3.5) and the motivation of all those involved in it to achieve the project objectives

project management plan

document specifying what is necessary to meet the objective(s) of the project (3.5)

NOTE 1 A project management plan should include or refer to the project's quality plan (3.8).

NOTE 2 The project management plan also includes or references such other plans as those relating to organizational structures, resources, schedule, budget, risk management, environmental management, health and safety management and security management, as appropriate.

quality plan

document specifying which procedures and associated resources shall be applied by whom and when to a specific project (3.5), product, process (3.3) or contract

NOTE 1 These procedures generally include those referring to quality management processes and to product realization processes.

NOTE 2 A quality plan often makes reference to parts of the quality manual or to procedure documents. NOTE 3 A quality plan is generally one of the results of quality planning. [ISO 9000:2000, definition 3.7.5]


organization or person that provides a product

EXAMPLE A producer, distributor, retailer or vendor of a product, or a provider of a service or information.

NOTE 1 A supplier can be internal or external to the organization.

NOTE 2 In a contractual situation a supplier is sometimes called a "contractor".

[ISO 9000:2000, definition 3.3.6]

NOTE 3 In the context of projects, "contractor" or "subcontractor" is often used in place of "supplier".

Quality management systems in projects 4.1 Project characteristics 4.1.1 General

Some of the characteristics of projects are as follows:

they are unique, non-repetitive phases consisting of processes and activities;they have some degree of risk and uncertainty;

they are expected to deliver specified (minimum) quantified results within predetermined parameters, forexample, quality-related parameters;

they have planned start and finishing dates, within clearly specified cost and resource constraints;

personnel may be temporarily assigned to a project organization for the duration of the project [the projectorganization may be assigned by an originating organization (see 4.1.2) and may be subject to change asthe project progresses];

they may be of a long duration, and subject to changing internal and external influences over time.


This International Standard makes separate reference to an "originating organization" and to a "project organization".

The "originating organization" is the organization that decides to undertake the project. It may be constituted as a single organization, joint-venture, consortium, etc. The originating organization assigns the project to a project organization. The originating organization may be undertaking multiple projects, each of which may be assigned to a different project organization.

The "project organization" carries out the project. The project organization may be a part of the originating organization.

Processes and phases in projects

Processes and phases are two different aspects of a project. A project may be divided into interdependent processes and into phases as a means of planning and monitoring the realization of objectives and assessing the related risks.

Project phases divide the project life cycle into manageable sections, such as conception, development, realization and termination.

Project processes are those processes that are necessary for managing the project as well as those that are necessary to realize the project's product.

Not all the processes discussed in this International Standard will necessarily exist in a particular project, whereas in others, additional processes may be necessary. In some projects, a distinction may need to be made between core and supporting processes. Annex A lists and summarizes the processes that are considered to be applicable for the majority of projects.

NOTE To facilitate the discussion of the guidance to quality management in projects, the "process approach" is adopted in this International Standard. Additionally, the processes of a project have been grouped into two categories: the project management processes and the processes related to the project's product (those primarily concerned with the project's product such as design, production, etc.).

The processes are grouped according to their affinity to one another, for example all time-related processes are included in one group. Eleven groups of processes are presented.

The strategic process covered in Clause 5 sets the direction for the project. Clause 6 addresses resource-related processes and personnel-related processes. Clause 7 covers processes related to interdependency, scope, time, cost, communication, risk and purchasing. Processes related to measurement and analysis, and continual improvement, are covered in Clause 8. These clauses include a description of each process and provide guidance to quality management in the process.

Project management processes

Project management includes the planning, organizing, monitoring, controlling, reporting and taking necessary corrective actions on all processes of the project that are needed to achieve the project objectives, on a continual basis. The quality management principles (see 4.2.1 and 5.2, and ISO 9000:2000, 0.2) should be applied to all the project management processes.

Quality management systems

Quality management principles

The guidance for quality management of projects in this International Standard is based on eight quality management principles (see ISO 9000:2000, 0.2):

customer focus;


involvement of people;

process approach;

system approach to management;

continual improvement;

factual approach to decision making;

h) mutually beneficial supplier relationships.

These generic principles should form the basis for quality management systems for the originating and project organizations.

NOTE Guidance on the application of the quality management principles to the planning carried out in the strategic process is given in 5.2.2 to 5.2.9.

Project quality management system

It is necessary to manage project processes within a quality management system in order to achieve project objectives. The project quality management system should be aligned, as far as is possible, with the quality management system of the originating organization.

NOTE ISO 9004 provides guidelines for considering both effectiveness and efficiency of quality management systems.

Documents needed and produced by the project organization to ensure the effective planning, implementation and control of the project should be defined and controlled (see ISO 9004:2000, 4.2).

Quality plan for the project

The project quality management system should be documented and included or referenced in a quality plan for the project.

The quality plan should identify activities and resources necessary for achieving the quality objectives of the project. The quality plan should be incorporated into, or referenced in, the project management plan.

In contractual situations, a customer may specify requirements for the quality plan. These requirements should not limit the scope of the quality plan used by the project organization.

NOTE ISO 10005 gives guidance on quality plans.

Management responsibility

Management commitment

The commitment and active involvement of the top management of the originating and project organizations are essential for developing and maintaining an effective and efficient quality management system for the project.

Top management of both the originating and project organizations should provide input into the strategic process (see 5.2).

Since the project organization may be dispersed on completion of the project, the top management of the originating organization should ensure that continual improvement actions are implemented for current and future projects.

Top management of the originating and project organizations need to create a culture for quality, which is an important factor in ensuring the success of the project.

Strategic process

Application of quality management principles through the strategic process

Planning for the establishment, implementation and maintenance of a quality management system based on the application of the quality management principles is a strategic, direction-setting process. This planning should be performed by the project organization.

In this planning, it is necessary to focus on the quality of both processes and products to meet the project objectives.

The general guidance given in 5.2.2 to 5.2.9 should also be applied to the processes described in 6.1, 6.2, 7.2 to 7.8, and in Clause 8, in addition to the specific guidance given in those clauses.

Customer focus

Organizations depend on their customers and therefore should understand current and future customer needs, should meet customer requirements and strive to exceed customer expectations [see ISO 9000:2000, 0.2a)].

Satisfaction of the customers' and other interested parties' requirements is necessary for the success of the project. These requirements should be clearly understood to ensure that all processes focus on, and are capable of, meeting them.

The project objectives, which include the product objectives, should take into account the needs and expectations of the customer and other interested parties. The objectives may be refined during the course of the project. The project objectives should be documented in the project management plan (see 7.2.2) and should detail what is to be accomplished (expressed in terms of time, cost and product quality) and what is to be measured.

When determining the balance between time or cost and product quality, potential impacts on the project's product should be evaluated, taking into consideration customers' requirements.

Interfaces should be established with all the interested parties to facilitate the exchange of information, as appropriate, throughout the project. Any conflicts between interested party requirements should be resolved.

Normally, when conflicts arise between the requirements of the customer and other interested parties, customer requirements take precedence, except in the case of statutory or regulatory requirements.

Resolution of conflicts should be agreed to by the customer. Interested party agreements should be documented. Throughout the project, attention will need to be paid to changes in the requirements of the interested parties, including additional requirements from new interested parties that join the project after it has commenced.


Leaders establish unity of purpose and direction of the organization. They should create and maintain the internal environment in which people can become fully involved in achieving the organization's objectives [see ISO 9000:2000, 0.2b)].

A project manager should be appointed as early as possible. The project manager is the individual with the defined responsibility and authority for managing the project and ensuring that the project's quality management system is established, implemented and maintained. The authority delegated to the project manager should be commensurate with the assigned responsibility.

The top management of both the originating and the project organizations should assume leadership in creating a culture for quality

-- by setting the quality policy and identifying the objectives (including the quality objectives) for the project, by providing the infrastructure and resources to ensure achievement of project objectives, by providing an organizational structure conducive to meeting project objectives, by making decisions based on data and factual information,

by empowering and motivating all project personnel to improve the project processes and product, and by planning for future preventive actions.

NOTE The title of the project manager can vary from project to project.

Involvement of people

People at all levels are the essence of an organization and their full involvement enables their abilities to be used for the organization's benefit [see ISO 9000:2000, 0.2c)].

Personnel in the project organization should have well-defined responsibility and authority for their participation in the project. The authority delegated to the project participants should correspond to their assigned responsibility.

Competent personnel should be assigned to the project organization. In order to improve the performance of the project organization, appropriate tools, techniques and methods should be provided to the personnel to enable them to monitor and control the processes.

In the case of multi-national and multi-cultural projects, joint ventures, international projects, etc., the implications of cross-cultural management should be addressed.

Process approach

A desired result is achieved more efficiently when activities and related resources are managed as a process [see ISO 9000:2000, 0.2d)].

The project processes should be identified and documented. The originating organization should communicate the experience gained in developing and using its own processes, or those from its other projects, to the project organization. The project organization should take account of this experience when establishing the project's processes, but it may also need to establish processes that are unique to the project.

This may be accomplished

by identifying the appropriate processes for the project,

by identifying the inputs, outputs and the objectives for the project's processes,

by identifying the process owners and establishing their authority and responsibility,

by designing the project's processes to anticipate future processes in the life cycle of the project, and

by defining the interrelations and interactions among the processes.

Process effectiveness and efficiency may be assessed through internal or external review. Assessments can also be made by benchmarking or evaluating the processes against a maturity scale. Maturity scales typically range in degrees of maturity from "no formal system" to "best-in-class". Numerous maturity models have been developed for different applications (see ISO 9004:2000, Annex A).

NOTE The ISO 9000 family of standards provide guidance on a number of process-related and product-related quality management practices. These can assist an organization in meeting its project objectives.

System approach to management

Identifying, understanding and managing interrelated processes as a system contributes to the organization's effectiveness and efficiency in achieving its objectives [see ISO 9000:2000, 0.2e)].

In general, the system approach to management allows for the coordination and compatibility of an organization's planned processes and a clear definition of their interfaces.

A project is carried out as a set of planned, interrelated and interdependent processes. The project organization controls the project processes. To control the project processes, it is necessary to define and link the processes needed, to integrate them and manage them as a system aligned with the originating organization's overall system.

There should be a clear division of responsibility and authority between the project organization and other relevant interested parties (including the originating organization) for the project's processes. These should be determined and recorded.

The project organization should ensure that appropriate communication processes are defined and that information is exchanged between the project's processes as well as between the project, other relevant projects, and the originating organization.

Continual improvement

Continual improvement of the organization's overall performance should be a permanent objective of the organization [see ISO 9000:2000, 0.2f)].

The cycle of continual improvements is based on the "Plan-Do-Check-Act" (PDCA) concept (see Annex В of ISO 9004:2000).

The originating and project organizations are responsible for continually seeking to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the processes for which they are responsible.

To learn from experience, managing projects should be treated as a process rather than as an isolated task. A system should be put in place to record and analyse the information gained during a project, for use in a continual improvement process.

Provision should be made for self-assessments (see ISO 9004:2000, Annex A), internal audits and, where required, external audits (see ISO 9000:2000, 3.9.1) to identify opportunities for improvement. This should also take account of the time and resources needed.

Factual approach to decision making

Effective decisions are based on the analysis of data and information [see ISO 9000:2000, 0.2g)]. Information about the project's progress and performance should be recorded, for example, in a project log.

Performance and progress evaluations (see 3.4 and 5.3) should be carried out in order to assess the project status. The project organization should analyse the information from performance and progress evaluations to make effective decisions regarding the project and for revising the project management plan.

Information from project closure reports of previous projects should be analysed and used to support the improvement of current or future projects.

Mutually beneficial supplier relationships

An organization and its suppliers are interdependent and a mutually beneficial relationship enhances the ability of both to create value [see ISO 9000:2000, 0.2h)].

The project organization should work with its suppliers when defining its strategies for obtaining external products, especially in the case of product with long lead times. Risk sharing with suppliers may be considered.

Requirements for suppliers' processes and product specifications should be developed jointly by the project organization and its suppliers, in order to benefit from available supplier knowledge. The project organization should also determine a supplier's ability to meet its requirements for processes and products, and should take into account the customer's preferred list of suppliers or selection criteria.

The possibility of a number of projects using a common supplier should be investigated (see ISO 9004:2000, 7.4).

Management reviews and progress evaluations

Management reviews

The project organization's management should review the project's quality management system, at planned intervals, to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency (see ISO 9004:2000, 5.6). The originating organization may also need to be involved in management reviews.

Progress evaluations

Progress evaluations (see 3.4) should cover all the project's processes and provide an opportunity to assess the achievement of the project objectives. The outputs from progress evaluations can provide significant information on the performance of the project as an input into future management reviews.

a) Progress evaluations should be used

to assess the adequacy of the project management plan and how the work performed complies with it,

to evaluate how well the project processes are synchronized and inter-linked,

to identify and evaluate activities and results that would adversely or favourably affect theachievement of the project objectives,

to obtain inputs for remaining work in the project,

to facilitate communication, and

to drive process improvement in the project, by identifying deviations and changes in risks.

b) The planning for progress evaluations should include

the preparation of an overall schedule for progress evaluations (for inclusion in the projectmanagement plan),

the assignment of responsibility for the management of individual progress evaluations,

the specification of the purpose, assessment requirements, processes and outputs for each progressevaluation,

the assignment of personnel to participate in the evaluation (e.g. the individuals responsible for theproject processes and other interested parties),

ensuring that appropriate personnel from the project processes being evaluated are available for questioning, and

ensuring that relevant information is prepared and is available for the evaluation (e.g. the project management plan).

c) Those performing the evaluations should

understand the purpose of the processes being evaluated, and their effect on the project quality management system,

examine relevant process inputs and outputs,

review the monitoring and measuring criteria being applied to the processes,

determine if the processes are effective,

look for potential improvements in process efficiencies, and

develop reports, or other relevant outputs, with the progress evaluation results.

d) Once a progress evaluation has been performed

-- the outputs of the evaluation should be assessed against the project's objectives, to determinewhether the performance of the project against the planned objectives is acceptable, and

responsibility should be assigned for actions resulting from the progress evaluation.

The outputs of progress evaluations can also be used to provide information to the originating organization, for continual improvement of the effectiveness and efficiency of the project management processes.

Resource management

Resource-related processes general

The resource-related processes aim to plan and control resources. They help to identify any potential problems with resources. Examples of resources include equipment, facilities, finance, information, materials, computer software, personnel, services and space.

The resource-related processes (see Annex A) are

-- resource planning, andresource control.

NOTE This subclause applies to the quantitative aspects of personnel management. Other aspects such as training are covered in 6.2.

Resource planning

Resources needed for the project should be identified. Resource plans should state what resources will be needed by the project, and when they will be required according to the project schedule. The plans should indicate how, and from where, resources will be obtained and allocated. If applicable, the plans should also include the manner of disposition of excess resources. The plans should be suitable for resource control.

The validity of the inputs to resource planning should be verified. The stability, capability, and performance of organizations supplying resources should be evaluated.

Constraints on resources should be taken into account. Examples of constraints include availability, safety, cultural considerations, international agreements, labour agreements, governmental regulations, funding, and the impact of the project on the environment.

Resource plans, including estimates, allocations and constraints, together with assumptions made, should be documented and included in the project management plan.

Resource control

Reviews should be performed to ensure that sufficient resources are available to meet the project objectives.

The timing of reviews and the frequency of associated data collection and forecasts of resource requirements should be documented in the project management plan.

Deviations from the resource plans should be identified, analysed, acted upon and recorded.

Decisions on actions to be taken should only be made after considering the implications for other project processes and objectives. Changes that affect the project objectives should be agreed with the customer and relevant interested parties before implementation. Changes in resource plans should be authorized as appropriate. Revisions of forecasts of resource requirements should be coordinated with other project processes when developing the plan for remaining work.

Root causes for shortages or excesses in resources should be identified, recorded and used as input for continual improvement.

Personnel-related processes


The quality and success of a project will depend on the participating personnel. Therefore, special attention should be given to the activities in the personnel-related processes.

These processes aim to create an environment in which personnel can contribute effectively and efficiently to the project.

The personnel-related processes (see Annex A) are

the establishment of the project organizational structure,

the allocation of personnel, and

team development.

NOTE The quantitative aspects of personnel management are covered in 6.1. The communication aspects of personnel management are covered in 7.6.

Establishment of the project organizational structure

The project organizational structure should be established in accordance with the requirements and policies of the originating organization and the conditions particular to the project. Previous project experience should be used, when available, for the selection of the most appropriate organizational structure.

The project organizational structure should be designed to encourage effective and efficient communication and cooperation between all participants in the project.

The project manager should ensure that the project organizational structure is appropriate to the project scope, the size of the project team, local conditions and the processes employed. This may result, for example, in a functional or matrix type project organizational structure. The division of authority and responsibility within the project organization structure may also need to take account of the division of authority and responsibility in the originating organization and its organizational structure.

It is necessary to identify and establish the relationships of the project organization

to the customer and other interested parties,

to the functions of the originating organization supporting the project (particularly those in charge ofmonitoring project functions such as schedules, quality and costs), and

to other relevant projects in the same originating organization.

Job or role descriptions, including assignments of responsibility and authority, should be prepared and documented.

The project function responsible for ensuring that the project's quality management system is established, implemented and maintained should be identified (see ISO 9004:2000, 5.5.2). The interfaces of this function with other project functions, the customer and other interested parties, should be documented.

Reviews of the project organizational structure should be planned and carried out periodically to determine whether it continues to be suitable and adequate.

Allocation of personnel

The necessary competence in terms of education, training, skills and experience should be defined for personnel working on the project (fora definition of "competence", see ISO 9000:2000, 3.9.12).

Personal attributes should be considered in the selection of project personnel. Special attention should be given to the competence requirements of key personnel.

Sufficient time should be allowed for the recruiting of competent personnel, especially when difficulties are anticipated. Selection of personnel should be based on the job or role descriptions, and should take into account their competence and references from previous experience. Selection criteria should be developed and be applied to all levels of personnel being considered for the project. When selecting a project manager, priority should be given to leadership skills.

The project manager should be involved in the selection of personnel for the project positions that are considered essential to the project's success.

The project manager should ensure that a management representative is appointed with responsibility for establishing, implementing and maintaining the project's quality management system (see ISO 9004:2000, 5.5.2).

When assigning members to project teams, their personal interests, personal relationships, strengths and weaknesses should be considered. Knowledge of personal characteristics and experience may help in identifying the best sharing of responsibilities among the members of the project organization.

The job or role description should be understood and accepted by the person assigned. Whenever a member of the project organization is also reporting to a function in the originating organization, the responsibility, authority and reporting lines of that individual should be documented.

The assignment of personnel to specific jobs or roles should be confirmed and communicated to all concerned. The overall performance, including the effectiveness and efficiency of personnel in their job assignments, should be monitored to verify that the assignments are appropriate. Based on results, appropriate actions should be taken such as retraining or recognizing achievement.

Changes of personnel in the project organization should be communicated to the customer and relevant interested parties before implementation, when possible, if the change affects them.

Team development

Effective team performance requires the team members to be individually competent, motivated and willing to cooperate with one another (see ISO 9004:2000, 6.2.1).

To improve team performance, the project team collectively, and the team members individually, should participate in team development activities. Personnel should receive training in, and be made aware of, the relevance and importance of their project activities in the attainment of the project and the quality objectives (see ISO 9004:2000, 6.2.2, and ISO 10015).

Effective teamwork should be recognized and, where appropriate, rewarded.

Managers in the project organization should ensure the establishment of a work environment that encourages excellence, effective working relationships, trust and respect within the team and with all others involved in the project. Consensus-based decision making, structured conflict resolution, clear, open and effective communication and mutual commitment to customer satisfaction should be encouraged and developed (see 5.2.3 for a discussion of "leadership").

Wherever possible, personnel affected by changes in the project or in the project organization should be involved in planning and implementing the change.

Product realization


This clause covers the seven project management process groupings necessary to produce the project's product (see 4.1.3).

Interdependency-related processes


Projects consist of a system of planned and interdependent processes and an action in one of these usually affects others. The overall management of the planned interdependencies among the project processes is the responsibility of the project manager. The project organization should also manage effective and efficient communication between different groups of personnel involved in the project and establish clear assignment of their responsibility.

The interdependency-related processes (see Annex A) are

project initiation and project management plan development,

interaction management,

change management, and

process and project closure.

Project initiation and project management plan development

It is essential that a project management plan, which should include or reference the project's quality plan, be established and be kept up to date. The degree of detail included may depend on factors such as the size and the complexity of the project.

During project initiation, details of relevant past projects from the originating organization should be identified and communicated to the project organization. This will enable the best use to be made of the experience gained (e.g. lessons learned) from these previous projects.

If the purpose of a project is to fulfil the requirements of a contract, contract reviews should be performed during the development of the project management plan to ensure that the contract requirements can be met (see ISO 9004:2000, 7.2). Where the project is not the result of a contract, an initial review should be undertaken to establish the requirements, and confirm that they are appropriate and achievable.

The project management plan should:

refer to the customer's and other relevant interested parties' documented requirements and the projectobjectives; the input source for each requirement should also be documented to allow traceability;

identify and document the project processes and their purposes;

identify organizational interfaces, giving particular attention to

the project organization's connection and reporting lines with the various functions of the originating organization, and

interfaces between functions within the project organization;

d) integrate plans resulting from the planning carried out in other project processes; these plans include

the quality plan,

-- work breakdown structure (see 7.3.4),

project schedule (see 7.4.5), project budget (see 7.5.3),

communication plan (see 7.6.2),

risk management plan (see 7.7.2), andpurchasing plan (see 7.8.2);

all plans should be reviewed for consistency and any discrepancies resolved;

identify, include or reference the product characteristics and how they should be measured andassessed;

provide a baseline for progress measurement and control, to provide for planning of the remaining work;plans for reviews and progress evaluations should be prepared and scheduled;

g) define performance indicators and how to measure them, and make provision for regular assessment in order to monitor progress; these assessments should

facilitate preventive and corrective actions, and

confirm that the project objectives remain valid in a changing project environment;

h) provide for reviews of the project required by the contract to ensure the fulfilment of the requirements of the contract;

i) be reviewed regularly, and also when significant changes occur.

The project quality management system should be documented or referenced in the project's quality plan. Linkage should be established between the project's quality plan and applicable parts of the quality management system of the originating organization. As far as is practicable, the project organization should adopt and, if necessary, adapt the quality management system and procedures of the originating organization. In cases where specific requirements for the quality management system from other relevant interested parties exist, it should be ensured that the project's quality management system is compatible with these requirements.

Quality management practices, such as documentation, verification, traceability, reviews and audits should be established throughout the project.

Interaction management

To facilitate the interdependences (which are planned) between processes, the interactions (which are not planned) in the project need to be managed. This should include the following:

establishing procedures for interface management;

holding project inter-functional meetings;

resolving issues such as conflicting responsibilities or changes to risk exposure;

measuring project performance using such techniques as earned value analysis (a technique formonitoring overall project performance against a budget baseline);

carrying out progress evaluations to assess project status and to plan for the remaining work.

The progress evaluations should also be used to identify potential interface problems. It should be noted that risk is usually high at the interfaces.

NOTE Project communication is an essential factor in project coordination and is discussed in 7.6.

Change management

Change management covers the identification, evaluation, authorization, documentation, implementation and control of change. Before a change is authorized, the intent, extent and impact of the change should be analysed. Those changes that affect the project objectives should be agreed with the customer and other relevant interested parties.

Change management should also take the following into account:

managing changes to the project scope, project objectives, and to the project management plan;coordinating changes across inter-linked project processes and resolving any conflicts;

procedures for documenting change;

continual improvement (see Clause 8); -- aspects of change affecting personnel (see 6.2.4).

Changes may result in negative impacts (e.g. claims) on the project and should be identified as soon as possible. The root causes of negative impacts should be analysed and the results used to produce prevention-based solutions and implement improvements in the project process.

An aspect of change management is configuration management. For the management of projects, it is taken to refer to the configuration of the project's product(s). This may include both non-deliverable items (such as test tools and other installed equipment) and deliverable items.

NOTE For further guidance on configuration management, see ISO 10007.

Process and project closure

The project itself is a process and special attention should be given to its closure.

The closure of processes and the project should be defined during the initiation stage of the project and be included in the project management plan. When planning the closure of processes and projects, the experience gained from the closure of previous processes and projects (see Clause 8) should be taken into account.

At any time during the life cycle of a project, completed processes should be closed as planned. When a process is closed, it should be ensured that all records are compiled, distributed within the project and to the originating organization, as appropriate, and retained for a specified time.

The project should be closed as planned. However, in certain cases it may be necessary to close the project earlier or later than planned, due to unpredicted events.

Whatever the reason for project closure, a complete review of project performance should be undertaken. This should take into account all relevant records, including those from progress evaluations and inputs from interested parties. Special consideration should be given to feedback from the customer and other relevant interested parties. This feedback should be measurable where possible.

Based on this review, appropriate reports should be prepared, highlighting experience that can be used by other projects and for continual improvement (see 8.3).

At the closure of the project, there should be a formal handover of the project product to the customer. Project closure is not completed until the customer formally accepts the project product.

The closure of the project should be communicated to other relevant interested parties. 7.3 Scope-related processes 7.3.1 General

The project's scope includes a description of the project's product, its characteristics and how they are to be measured or assessed.

a) The scope-related processes aim

to translate the customers' and other interested parties' needs and expectations into activities to be carried out to achieve the objectives of the project, and to organize these activities,

to ensure that personnel work within the scope during the realization of these activities, and

to ensure that the activities carried out in the project meet the requirements described in the scope.

b) The scope-related processes (see Annex A) are

concept development,

scope development and control,

definition of activities, andcontrol of activities.

Concept development

Customer needs and expectations for product and processes, both stated and generally implied, should be translated into documented requirements, including statutory and regulatory aspects which, when required by the customer, should be mutually agreed.

Other interested parties should be identified and their needs established. These should be translated into documented requirements and, where relevant, agreed to by the customer.

Scope development and control

When developing the project scope, the characteristics of the project's product should be identified and documented in measurable terms and as completely as is possible. These characteristics should be used as the basis for design and development. It should be specified how these characteristics will be measured or how their conformity to the customers' and other interested parties' requirements will be assessed. Product and process characteristics should be traceable to the documented requirements of the customer and other interested parties.

When alternative approaches and solutions are considered during scope development, supporting evidence (including the analyses performed and other considerations used) should be documented and referenced in the scope.

NOTE How to manage changes to the scope is dealt with in the change management process (see 7.2.4).

Definition of activities

The project should be systematically structured into manageable activities to meet customer requirements for product and processes.

NOTE Frequently, the term "breakdown structure" is used to describe the way in which a project may be divided by level into discrete groups for programming, cost planning and control purposes. Also, terms such as "activities", "tasks" and "work packages" are used for the elements of this structuring, and the result is usually known as a "work breakdown structure" (WBS). For the purposes of this International Standard, the term "activity" is used as the generic term for an item of work (see 3.1).

Personnel assigned to the project should participate in the definition of these activities. This will enable the project organization to benefit from their experience, and to gain their understanding, acceptance and ownership.

Each activity should be defined in such a way that its results are measurable. The list of activities should be checked for completeness. The activities defined should include quality management practices, progress evaluations, and the preparation and maintenance of a project management plan.

The interactions between activities in a project that could potentially cause problems between the project organization and the interested parties, should be identified and documented.

Control of activities

The activities within the project should be carried out and controlled in accordance with the project management plan. Process control includes control of the interactions between activities to minimize conflicts or misunderstandings. In processes involving new technologies, particular attention should be given to their control.

Activities should be reviewed and evaluated to identify potential deficiencies and opportunities for improvement. The timing of reviews should be adapted to the complexity of the project.

The results of reviews should be used for progress evaluations to assess process outputs and to plan for the remaining work. The revised plan for the remaining work should be documented.

Time-related processes


The time-related processes aim to determine dependencies and the duration of activities and to ensure timely completion of the project.

The time-related processes (see Annex A) are

planning of activity dependencies,

estimation of duration,

schedule development, and -- schedule control.

Planning of activity dependencies

The interdependencies among the activities in a project should be identified and reviewed for consistency. Any need for changing the data from the activity identification process should be justified and documented.

Whenever possible, during development of the project plan, standard or proven project network diagrams should be used to take advantage of previous experience. Their appropriateness to the project should be verified.

Estimation of duration

Estimates of the duration of activities should be established by personnel with responsibility for those activities. Duration estimates from past experience should be verified for accuracy and applicability to present project conditions. The inputs should be documented and traceable to their origins. When collecting duration estimates, it is useful to obtain associated resource estimates at the same time as an input to resource planning (see 6.1.2).

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