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Objective: ITIL Project Management (Transition Planning & Support) aims to plan and coordinate the resources to deploy a major Release within the predicted cost, time and quality estimates.

Part of: Service Transition

Process Owner: Project Manager

 

Process Description

ITIL Project Management (Transition Planning and Support) is a new process in ITIL V3; ITIL V2 covered some aspects of this process within Release Management but ITIL V3 provides considerably enhanced guidance.

Transition Planning and Support in ITIL V3 is actually about managing service transition projects, so at IT Process Maps we decided to make this clear by slightly changing its name to Project Management (Transition Planning and Support).

ITIL does not provide a detailed explanation of all aspects of Project Management. Rather, it highlights the most important activities and assists in identifying interfaces with other Service Management processes.

However, having a basic ITIL Project Management process defined will provide a good starting point for introducing best-practice Project Management frameworks like PRINCE2 or PMBOK (as recommended in the ITIL V3 books).

 

In ITIL 2011 Project Management has been revised to highlight that its main responsibility is to coordinate the various service transition projects and resolve conflicts.

Projects are initiated when Service Portfolio Management has chartered a new or substantially changed service.

The Project Management process now calls upon other processes like Service Design Coordination and Release Planning, to perform planning activities at a detailed level.

The process overview of ITIL Project Management (Transition Planning and Support) is showing the most important interfaces (see Fig. 1).

 

Sub-Processes

These are the ITIL Project Management (Transition Planning and Support) sub-processes and their process objectives:

 

Project Initiation

  • Process Objective: To define stakeholders, responsibilities and resources available to the project, as well as documenting risks, constraints and assumptions affecting the project.


Project Planning and Coordination

  • Process Objective: To make sure service transitions projects are planned in accordance with the organization's Project Management guidelines, and to coordinate activities and resources across projects. This process is not responsible for detailed planning of project phases but triggers planning activities performed by other processes.


Project Control

  • Process Objective: To monitor project progress and resource consumption, to expedite progress when required and to initiate corrective action if required.


Project Reporting and Communication

  • Process Objective: To provide an overall summary of all planned or ongoing Service Transition projects as information for customers and other Service Management processes.

 

Definitions

The following ITIL terms and acronyms (information objects) are used in ITIL Project Management to represent process outputs and inputs:

 

Data for Project Plan Update

  • Current information related to project progress and resource consumption. This information is sent from various Service Transition processes to Project Management as input for Project Control and Project Reporting.


Project Charter

  • The Project Charter is a statement of the scope, objectives and participants in a project. It outlines the project objectives, identifies the main stakeholders, defines the authority of the Project Manager and the resources at his disposal, and lists any constraints and assumptions affecting the project.


Project History Log

  • A document recording important events during the course of the project, e.g. decisions, escalations and changes to the project scope.


Project Plan (Service Transition Plan)

  • A Project Plan (in ITIL also referred to as Service Transition Plan) is a formal, approved document showing the major deliverables, milestones, activities and resources for a project, used to guide both project execution and project control.


Project Portfolio Status Report

  • The Project Portfolio Status Report is an overall summary of all planned or ongoing projects, listing key project data like milestones and current project status.

 

Templates | KPIs

 

Roles | Responsibilities

Project Manager - Process Owner

  • The Project Manager is responsible for planning and coordinating the resources to deploy a major Release within the predicted cost, time and quality estimates.

 

Responsibility Matrix: ITIL Project Management (Transition Planning & Support)
ITIL Role | Sub-Process Project Manager
Project Initiation A[1]R[2]
Project Planning and Coordination AR
Project Control AR
Project Reporting and Communication AR

 

Remarks

[1] A: Accountable according to the RACI Model: Those who are ultimately accountable for the correct and thorough completion of the ITIL Project Management process.

[2] R: Responsible according to the RACI Model: Those who do the work to achieve a task within ITIL Project Management.

 

Notes

By:  Stefan Kempter , IT Process Maps.