Programme and Project templates

In promoting best practices the ISPMO has introduced a standardised set of project management templates. These templates will enable a consistent structure to be followed when managing an IS project. Depending on the size and scope of each project, the template used may vary. During the initial stages of project planning, project managers will be advised on the suitability of a suite of templates for each project.



Mandatory templates

 Project proposal form

The Project Proposal should be completed at the very start of a project when the project is in the early ideas phase. Given the very early stage at which this is produced, the information provided is likely to be sketchy, but it should be sufficient to determine what the scale of the project is likely to be and the extent to which the benefits justify the resource to be applied. It provides an outline of the project and is used by the executive resources committee to determine whether the proposal should be approved to the development programme. 

See this link for details on the ISPMO projects approval process 

Project Charter     

The Project Charter will be written following the approval in principle by the ISSC of a Project Proposal Form. The Charter should provide sufficient information to provide a high-level understanding of all elements of the proposed project and will enable the ISSC to decide whether to commit the requested costs and resources to the project.


 Project budget  This template allows you to track your project’s spending to current and original spending plans
Project Plan

 MS project is the preferred method for managing your project plan

 Progress report 

Once approved and project execution commences a progress report must be submitted at periodic intervals (usually every 2 weeks) to the ISPMO. This report must detail the progress of the project against the project management plan. ISPMO will use these report to update ISSC on the progress of the development programme

 RAID log The ISPMO risk register is mandatory to document project risk however it is acceptable to use other risk registers templates
 Project Closure   The project closure form is initiated once the project work is completed. The closure form captures key information such as lessons learned through the project and benefits realised.

Supporting templates

 Change control form

 The change control form is initiated if the project deviates significantly from the project management plan. The change control form must detail the key changes proposed for the project and approval is required from the ISSC to proceed.


Agenda template Sample template to structure project team, board and other meetings
Minutes template Sample template to record decisions and actions for project team, project board or other meetings
Roles & Responsibilities Identifies the and lists roles and responsibilities of project personnell
Lessons learned Lists the things that went well and the things that did not go so well. In supporting process improvement this information will be stored in a lesson learned repository from which future project managers and teams will have access
 Post project review   A review of a project 3, 6 9 or 12 months after the project closes. This reivew will rate each of the benefits set out in the project charter to identify if they have been acheived.




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