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    Project Issue Management Plan

                                                    Department of Agriculture
                            Electronic Licensing and Payment


                                                               James Green
                                                             March 20, 2009




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                                                  Version History
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        Date              Version               Author                                  Change & Section
     03/20/2009     1.0                  James Green                    Initial Draft




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Table of Contents

1     Issue Management Categories and Rules ....................................................................................... 6
1.1   Categories and Rules.......................................................................................................................... 6
2     Issue Management Process............................................................................................................... 8
2.1   Process Description............................................................................................................................ 8
2.2   Process Diagram .............................................................................................................................. 10
3     Issue Management Roles ................................................................................................................ 11
3.1   Roles and Responsibilities ............................................................................................................... 11
4     Issue Tracking Tools....................................................................................................................... 12
4.1   Issue Log.......................................................................................................................................... 12
5     Authorization................................................................................................................................... 12




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Purpose:
Issue Management is the process for identification, analysis, resolution, reporting, and escalation of the program’s issues.
The process will enable a project to create strategies to effectively address potential barriers to success.

An issue is a major problem, opportunity, dispute, concern, situation, or something to be decided that will impede the
progress or successful completion of the project and requires immediate resolution. An issue management plan defines
activities and business rules to manage and control issues that arise during the project.

Risk and Issues are not the same. Because risks are future events that you can assume or anticipate in a project, they require
different types of assessment and management. Because issues are things that have already occurred, they must be
acknowledged and dealt with immediately. Once identified and implemented, resolutions to any issue have the potential to
impact the project’s scope, schedule, quality, or cost.

The Issue Management process will bring visibility to issues, accountability as to how they are acted upon, and their timely
resolution. Analysis of the issue will provide data and understanding for a more informed decision. Recording and reviewing
issues will prevent the team from forgetting about issues that could adversely impact the project. A project that proceeds
without exercising an Issue Management Plan is likely to experience team and client discord, scope creep, and negative
schedule impacts.

Effective project management always requires the proactive and timely identification of issues and seeks to resolve these
issues expeditiously. All team members should be vigilant to raise issues, particularly in their areas of expertise and specific
responsibility, when they become aware of them.

This Issue Management Plan is designed to:
     outline the recommended approach for identifying issues and tracking the progress, documentation, and resolution
         of those issues
     facilitate attention to key issues impacting the program
     ensure all stakeholders are informed and, if applicable, participate in the resolution
     create an audit trail of discussions and resolutions of program issues

Issues should be:
     questions or problems that span departments, resource teams, or groups (both internal and external)
     design questions that will take several days to resolve or that won’t be addressed until a later phase of the project
         but need to be documented
     any question or problem relating to scope, schedule, budget, quality, design, or development for which resolutions
         are required
     proactively discovered throughout the project life cycle and phases

Issues should NOT be:
     questions/suggestions for other team members that might be resolved quickly
     tasks that are already listed in the work plan and scheduled to be completed
     anything that should be documented elsewhere (meeting minutes, tasks, etc)




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1 Issue Management Categories and Rules

1.1 Categories and Rules
Describe what rules, procedures, and categories the team must follow when logging, managing and assessing issues,
including how priorities and status will be assigned, how issues will be escalated, and when change management will be
initiated.


The project will use the following categories and rules to manage issues:
 Priority Categories                           Issues will be categorized into three levels of importance
                                               (Urgent, High, Medium, and Low) based on their impact
                                               to the project goals, objectives, scope, schedule, and
                                               budget. Use the following guidelines to prioritize the
                                               issue:
                                                      Urgent – “The project cannot move forward until
                                                       this issue is resolved”
                                                      High – “The project will not be able to move
                                                       forward if this issue is not resolved by the due
                                                       date”
                                                      Medium – “The issue may prevent the project
                                                       from moving forward in the near future”
                                                      Low – “This issue is not preventing the project
                                                       from moving forward”
 Status Categories                             Issues will be maintained in the Issue Log and will
                                               follow predefined statuses. The issue status should only
                                               be modified by the Project Manager after consultation
                                               with the assigned Owner.

                                                   Use the following guidelines to assign a status to the
                                                   issue:
                                                         Open – the initial status assigned when a new
                                                          issue has been identified and added to the log;
                                                          typically, this status is used when an owner has
                                                          not been assigned or the work has not yet started
                                                         In Process – an owner has been assigned and has
                                                          started working on the issue
                                                         Resolved – the owner has identified a solution to
                                                          the issue and has taken corrective action to
                                                          resolve
                                                         Reopened – an issue was previously categorized
                                                          Resolved, Deferred, or Closed but has been
                                                          identified again as a continuing issue
                                                         Deferred – the project manager, owner, and issue
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                                                submitter have decided to postpone addressing
                                                the issue to a later time
                                               Closed – the project manager and issue submitter
                                                have validated and accepted the resolution and no
                                                longer considers the issue open
 Escalation Rules                       Issues will be escalated to the Project Steering
                                        Committee or the Executive Sponsor for review and final
                                        resolution based on their priority level and potential
                                        impact to the project.

                                        The following criteria will be used in escalating issues to
                                        the Project Steering Committee
                                              all high priority issues that are past their target
                                               completion dates
                                              issues which are beyond the authority of an
                                               individual project and require a consensus
                                               decision
                                              Owner of the issue is not clear or cannot be
                                               established
                                              inability to secure the resources needed to resolve
                                               the issue
                                              issues which are not being properly addressed and
                                               may impede the progress of the project
                                              all issues that impact the project scope, budget,
                                               and schedule

                                        The following criteria will be used in escalating issues to
                                        the Project Executive Sponsors:
                                              issues that could materially impact the project
                                               objectives, scope, budget, and schedule
 Monitoring Frequency                   Issues will be reviewed with the project team on a
                                        weekly basis at the project status meeting.

                                        If time does not allow reviewing all issues, the following
                                        criteria will be used to determine which issues are
                                        reviewed at the weekly meetings:
                                                All Urgent and High priority issues
                                                All issues that are past their Target Completion
                                                 Date
                                                All Issues that have Target Completion Dates
                                                 within the next month
                                                All remaining issues
 Change Management Rules                The Commonway Change Management process must be
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                                                     initiated if a resolution to an issue is determined to
                                                     impact the project scope, schedule, budget, or quality.
 Issue Category                                      Issues in the log will be grouped into the following
                                                     Categories to facilitate review and reporting:
                                                            Requirements
                                                            Design
                                                            Development
                                                            QA / Testing
                                                            Training
                                                            Implementation
                                                            Architecture / Network Infrastructure
                                                            Resources
                                                            Project Management
                                                            Communications




2 Issue Management Process

2.1 Process Description
Provide an overview of the general process and procedures for managing issues within the project. Identify how issues will
be documented, communicated, reviewed, and escalated.
For each issue identified during project execution, the following process will be used:

       Identification – Any member of the project team may identify a potential issue. Any identified
        issue must be communicated to the Project Manager at the earliest opportunity, preferably in
        written form. A full description of the issue and the name of the team member must be
        conveyed.

       Prioritization – The Project Manager will apply prioritization and categorization rules to the
        issue.

       Tracking – The Project Manager will record and track the issue in the Issue Log, assign the
        issue a unique ID number, and capture all necessary information.

       Escalation (when required) – If escalation rules are satisfied, the Project Manager will escalate
        the issue immediately to the appropriate parties based on the project’s governance structure (first
        to the Project Steering Committee and then to the Sponsor and/or Executive Committee). The
        Sponsor and Executive Committee are the final point of escalation and must make a decision to
        resolve the issue. Once the issue is resolved, the Sponsor or member of the Executive
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       Committee will communicate the resolution to the Project Manager.

      Assignment for Resolution – Consulting with the appropriate resources and stakeholders, the
       Project Manager will assign a specific Owner responsible for resolving the issue. The Project
       Manager and Owner will assign an appropriate Target Completion Date for resolution.

      Issue Monitoring – The Owner will provide periodic updates of the progress of resolving the
       issue to the Project Manager. The Project Manager will track and record the status, progress, and
       resolution of issues and escalate issues when escalation rules are satisfied. The Project Manager
       will continue to monitoring the issue until it is closed.

      Communication – Issue statuses will be reviewed in weekly project team meetings and updates
       will be documented in the Issues Log. Escalation decision makers will be notified at the earliest
       opportunity when an escalation occurs. An issue summary, including any issues resolved in the
       period since the last report, will be communicated to the project team, stakeholders and
       customers in the weekly project status report and monthly project dashboard, as appropriate.

      Closing – The Project Manager will verify that the solution was approved, record the action
       taken which resolved the issue and update the issue status to “Closed” in the log.




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2.2 Process Diagram
Provide a diagrammatic representation of the processes and procedures to be followed in order to initiate, evaluate, review,
and resolve issues within the project.




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3 Issue Management Roles
3.1 Roles and Responsibilities
Define the roles and responsibilities for all identified resources (both internal and external to the project) involved with the
identification, review and resolution of project issues. For decision makers, note any special expertise that may be required
given the types of issue you can anticipate. This sets the stage for ensuring access to that expertise.
The Project Team Members are responsible for:
    identifying any issues within or without their area of expertise
    documenting the issue as clearly and completely as possible
    reporting the issue to the Project Manager as soon as possible

The Project Manager is responsible for:
    assessing and recording any identified issue
    establishing initial priority, owner, and target completion date for the issue
    establishing priority of issues and defining target dates
    monitoring the status of issue resolution
    following up with owners and other resources as necessary to facilitate solutions to issues which
      are in jeopardy of missing target dates
    escalating issues as required by the escalation rules
    communicating issue status to the project team, submitter, owner, and others
    reporting issue management activity according to communications plan
    maintaining data in the issue tracking log
    closing out issues when resolved and completed

The Owner is responsible for:
    identifying and obtaining commitment from resources needed to resolve issue
    working with resources to resolve issue
    escalating issues as required by the escalation rules
    approving resolutions

The Project Steering Committee and Executive Sponsor (Sally Wheat) are responsible for:
    resolving and providing guidance to resolve issues escalated to them
    approving resolutions for escalated issues
    supporting implementation of resolutions for escalated issues, including those that are cross-
      functional or controversial




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4 Issue Tracking Tools
4.1 Issue Log
Describe the purpose and usage of the "Issue Log". Provide the location to the Issue Log that will be used for this project. If
you are using issue tracking software, note that here.
Purpose: The Issues Log is designed to provide a mechanism for capturing, organizing, maintaining,
and tracking the resolution of issues. Usage of the Issues Log will ensure that issues are managed and
addressed promptly in order to prevent or minimize any negative impact on the project. The Project
Manager will be responsible for all additions, updates, and maintenance to the log.

The Issues Log for the Electronic Licensing and Payment Project can be found in the following folder
on the Department of Agriculture network:

         F:\ENV001\DAR\Projects\eLicensing\4 Execution & Control\IssuesLog.xls

The Project Team may consider moving all issue tracking for this project to the Clarity software
application if and when it becomes available to the Department of Agriculture.


5 Authorization
Secure approvals either hard copy or email depending upon governance structure.
                  Name                                     Project Role                                   Date
 Sally Wheat                                Sponsor                                         3/30/2009




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