Quality planning refers specifically to the actions of the project management team and or the project management team leader to engage in the action of establishing and conducting a process for the purposes of identifying and determining exactly which standards of quality are in fact relevant to the project as a whole, and also in making an effective determination as to how to satisfy them. The concept of quality refers specifically to the degree or amount toward which an inherent or embedded number of traits fulfills a number of predetermined requirements that have been deemed necessary. In quality planning, it is determined how vigilant to be in regards to monitoring these traits, how stringent to be in the management process in redirecting energies that have lost focus and are causing deviations in the focus from these inherent traits,. Quality planning is typically best done at the onset of the project, but can of course be tweaked as necessary,
This term is defined in the 3rd edition of the PMBOK but not in the 4th.