There’s more to Project Definition than just Goals, Objectives, Scope, Dependencies, and Constraints.
There are things we rarely talk about. In fact, there are three vital questions we rarely even ask ourselves. Yet they are as important to defining your project properly as the more common components of a project definition.[And, if you don’t know what they are, I’ve put links to relevant videos below…]
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This isn’t one of my three questions. But you are likely to be in one of three places:
But I have found three questions that help you understand the course to set, the route to take, and how to stay on course. And if you include the answers in your understanding of your project definition, you’ll be in a far stronger position.
We spend a lot of time asking about goals and objectives, and even purpose. But for me, this is the big question. To understand this is to touch the core of your project. But don’t settle for an easy list of stakeholders. And recognize you may not like the true answer.
Likewise, this is not about a simplistic risk assessment. Answer this in the context of your first question. What would constitute the kind of disaster that cannot be made right?
As a Project Manager, you have many project controls you can use. There are many project reports you can gather, and many processes you can follow. But my experience is that if you focus most of your time on the right one, everything else falls into place. But it is different for each project.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 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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