Without a strong Project Definition, your project will be on shaky ground. It underpins everything you’ll do. A good project definition sets out what your project will achieve and starts the process of describing how you’ll do it. And it does much more. There’s a lot of work in a good project definition, but it is an investment that pays handsomely.
Johnny Beirne at Project Management Paradise asked me to do a second podcast interview*. So when he suggested we focus on Project Definition, I jumped at the chance.
Johnny was keen to focus on the basics. So, this 30-minute interview can add make valuable contribution to your project management education.
* My first Project Management Paradise Interview was Risk Management Explained.
I enjoyed my first interview with Johnny Beirne, around a year ago, when we talked about risk. Here was a chance to talk about another topic that particularly interests me.
Johnny takes a gentle approach to interviewing. He asks big, wide questions. And then he sits back and gives his interviewees space to speak. But then, he hits you with a sharp question that takes you in an interesting direction that you may not have considered.
The result is a fascinating interview that I’m very proud of.
The Project Management Paradise website and its podcasts are sponsored by Cora Systems. They build enterprise portfolio and project management solutions.
The Importance of Project Definition podcast page is on the Project Management Paradise website.
So, Johnny started by warming me up with an overview of what project definition means. We also looked at why it’s so important.
Then we got int details, and here are some of the questions Johnny asked:
I recommend you either set aside 30 minutes to listen. Or you can download it for your next run, cycle, car journey or other opportunity. You can do this via iTunes or Stitcher at the Project Management Paradise website.
If you like this, then:
To go with this episode, I offered Johnny and Cora’s listeners a discount on our online course, Project Manager’s Project Definition Kit. It would seem unfair if I didn’t make my own readers and listeners the same offer. You can get the discount by CLICKING HERE.
Better value still is our course bundle of the Project Definition Kit PLUS How to Avoid Project Failure at a discounted rate for you. I offered that bundle to podcast listeners at a fantastic price. You too can get that discount by CLICKING HERE.
Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 13 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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