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PeopleSoft Project Management

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PeopleSoft Project: PeopleSoft Project is a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique peoplesoft software product. Installing PeopleSoft Payroll module is an example of peopleSoft project. This Payroll module will take care of the companies payroll related requirement.

Types of PeopleSoft Projects: Following are the types of Peoplesoft projects: 

  1. New Implementation: In this category, one or more new modules of PeopleSoft are installed, configured. A company could implement Payroll and Benefits Administration module to replace its legacy payroll system. Another company could implement General Ledger, Accounts paybles and Purchasing module to start a new accounting, purchasing and payables system.
  2. Upgrade & Patch application: PeopleSoft is improving its lines of software and keep releasing new versions. Along with the release of new versions, PeopleSoft may also stop supporting older versions. This makes all clients who have older versions need to upgrade the PeopleSoft system to newer versions. This also could involve just PeopleTools upgrade. The complexity of the project depends on two things, from which lower version to which higher version the upgrde is about and level of customization done to vanilla software.
  3. Custom Development Projects: PeopleSoft venilla software may not be adaquate for many clients, and obviously they need to customize the PeopleSoft to their requirement. Normally more custom developments happen in the area of reports, interfaces and conversion.  

 Project Life cycle:

 Methodology: 8steps methodology could suit almost all kinds of PeopleSoft projects.

  1. Initiation
  2. Planning
  3. Design & Development 
  4. Monitor and Control
  5. Testing and Training
  6. Deployment
  7. Post production support
  8. Close

8steps Methodology details: A exhaustive list of components of each step is given below.


  • Project feasibility Study
  • Develop Project Charter
  • Develop Preliminary Project Scope statement


  • Develop Project management plan
  • Scope Planning
  • Scope Definition
  • Create WBS
  • Cost Management Plan
  • Quality management plan
  • Staffing management plan
  • Communications plan
  • Risk management Plan
  • Procurement management plan
  • Activity Defnition
  • Activity Sequencing
  • Actiivty Resource estimating
  • Activity Duration estimating
  • Schedule development
  • Cost Estimation
  • Cost Budgeting
  • Quality Planning
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Communication Planning
  • Risk Identification
  • Qualitative Risk Analysis
  • Quanititative Risk Analysis
  • Risk Response Planning
  • Plan purchase and Acquisitions
  • Plan Contracting

 Design & Development

  • Direct and Manage Project Execution
  • Detailed design specification functional
  • Detailed design specification technical
  • Development of objects/code
  • Perform Quality Assurance
  • Acquire Project Team
  • Develop Project Team
  • Information Distribution
  • Request Seller responses
  • Select sellers (contract Management planning)
  • Schedule control 

 Monitor and control

  • Monitor and Control Project
  • Integrated Change control
  • Scope verification
  • Scope Control
  • Schedule control
  • Cost control
  • Perform Quality control
  • Manage Project Team
  • Performance reporting
  • Manage Stake holders
  • Risk Monitoring and control
  • Contract Administration 

Testing and Training

  • Unit testing
  • System testing
  • User Acceptance Testing
  • User training 


  •  Deploy the product to production

Post production support

  • Post production support


  • Close Project
  • Close Contract
  • Lessons learned documentation 


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