PROJECT QUALITY PLANS

Every project delivers something at the end of the project execution. When it comes to the project initiation, the project management and the client collaboratively define the objectives and the deliveries of the project together with the completion timelines.

During the project execution, there are a number of project deliveries made. All these deliveries should adhere to certain quality standards (industry standards) as well as specific client requirements.

Therefore, each of these deliveries should be validated and verified before delivering to the client.

For that, there should be a quality assurance function, which runs from start to the end of the project.
When it comes to the quality, not only the quality of the deliveries that matter the most.

The processes or activities that produce deliverables should also adhere to certain quality guidelines as well.

As a principle, if the processes and activities that produce the deliverables do not adhere to their own quality standards (process quality standards), then there is a high probability that deliverables not meeting the delivery quality standards.

To address all the quality requirements, standards and quality assurance mechanisms in a project, a document called ‘project quality plan’ is developed by the project team.

This plan acts as the quality bible for the project and all the stakeholders of the project should adhere to the project quality plan.

Depending on the nature of the industry and the nature of the project, the components or the areas addressed by a quality plan may vary.

However, there are some components that can be found in any type of quality plan.

Let’s have a look at the most essential attributes of a project quality plan:

1.     Project overview
2.     Project organization.
3.     Project requirements.
4.     Project development.
5.     Quality assurance.
6.     Configuration management.
7.     Testing methods.
8.     Documentation standards.
9.     Procurement.
10.   Work performance to sub-contractors.
11.   Risk management.

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