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The Cost Management Plan is a PMBOK document which sets out how the project costs will be estimated, tracked, monitored, reported and controlled. It forms part of the Project Management Plan and supplies information to the Activity Cost Estimates, Cost Baseline and risk register.
In the PMBOK sixth edition the Cost Management Plan is is created in the process 7.1 Plan Cost Management.

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Cost Management Plan Template

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Project details and document control

Provide information on the project and document:
  • Project Name and Reference
  • Document information: ID, owner, issue date, last saved date, file name or path
  • Document history: version, issue date, changes.
  • Document approvals: role, name, signature, date

Cost Units of Measure

Indicate how each type of resource will be measured. For example, labor units may be measured in staff hours, days, or weeks. Physical resources may be measured in gallons, meters, tons, or whatever is appropriate for the material. Some resources are based on a lump sum cost each time they are used.

Organizational Procedure Links

Describe how the cost estimating, tracking, and reporting will align with the project Work Breakdown Structure, requirements traceability matrix, along with the organization’s cost codes, and account procedures. For example,

The project costs will be tracked in the Project Management Cost Tracking software which links directly to the project team timesheets. The costs will be broken down by work package with the following fields captured for each element.

Customer > Project >
Unique Key > Work Package name > WBS ID > Cost Code >

Project Cost Tolerances

Document the project tolerances. These are the points at which action will need to be taken to correct a variance from the budget. For example
Project Cost Tolerances

Rules of Performance Management

Put simply describe how costs will be tracked against the budget. For example, what level of the WBS will be used to record costs and how progress against budget will be measured. If Earned Value Management is being used describe or link to the method your organization uses.

Cost Reporting and Format

Describe how costs will be reported and when. For example,

Costs will be recorded daily in Monday.

Dashboards will be used for project team reporting:
Cost Tracking with Monday

Costs will be exported from Monday and reported weekly to the Customer and Project Board on the Project Status Report.

Any variances over project tolerance will be reported to the PMO as well as to the relevant approver.

Additional Details

Enter any additional information about how costs will be managed on the project. For example,
  • The funding choices made and why.
  • Management of currency exchange rate fluctuations.
  • The currency used to manage the project.
  • Currency used for the organization’s financial books. For example, the project costs might be invoiced in GBP, but globally reported in USD using a fixed exchange rate.

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Institute, P.M. (2017) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge . 6th edn. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute.

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