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Project execution plan PEP

The project execution plan (PEP, sometimes referred to as a 'project management plan' - see final paragraph) sets out the strategy for managing a project.

It describes who does what and how, defining the policies, procedures and priorities that will be adopted. It may include strategies in relation to items outside of the scope of the main contract, as the client's overall project might include multiple contracts for the supply of goods and services, both from external organisations and from within the client organisation itself such as operational and maintenance contracts, the supply of equipment, relocation, and so on.

It is generally prepared by the client's project director if they have sufficient experience, or on their behalf by a project manager. On a construction management contract or a management contract it may then be taken on and developed by the construction manager or management contractor.

It may, in the first instance be based on information contained in the project business case and the strategic brief, but might then be developed to include:

It is likely to be presented as a report, however, where possible, information and requirements should be scheduled in a database or spreadsheet format that will be easy to expand and will be easy to use to test whether proposals satisfy requirements later in the project

The progress of the project should be assessed against the project execution plan throughout the project and the project execution plan should be amended and developed as necessary.

NB There is some disagreement about whether this document should be described as a 'project execution plan'. It has been argued that the term 'execution plan' is more correctly applied to plans prepared by suppliers and that the client and their team actually prepare management plans. In this case, the client plan might better be described as a 'project management plan' (PMP). Other terms that might be used, include project implementation plan (PIP - although again some argue that this is a supplier document and it has recently been appropriated to have a specific meaning for BIM by PAS 1192-2), or simply 'project plan'.

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