Plan explores how the project will be done. It is the strategy that you, as expert project manager, will create to complete a successful project. Strategies by nature are guesses. No one (including you) can anticipate the future with any accuracy, so when you build a project plan, it is very likely that it will change somewhere along the road. This document is the road map: it helps everyone involved understand what they are supposed to be doing and when it has to be done so that the project will stay on schedule.
A good project plan frees up the project manager's time. If no master plan exists, the project manager ends up continually answering questions and helping everyone involved remember what they are supposed to be working on, what the deliverable is, and when the various parts of the project are due. This can be very frustrating. It creates a perception in the project manager that no one is responsible and accountable. That may be true to some extent, but it is more likely that in the chaos of a typical day in the office...
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