…If you don't know where you're going any road will get you there...
Getting a new project started on the right road from the beginning is critical to making sure you actually get to the right destination.
Frequently, new projects are launched with a variety of unstated goals and objectives and an unclear scope. Projects with multiple executive sponsors and a variety of stakeholders often lack focus, and the results (or lack thereof) can be costly. Invest the time to frame your project
Spending the time upfront to document the project frame will be an investment that will pay substantial dividends down the road.
Bring your project team together and spend focused time to carefully define the “project frame”
What is the opportunity?
Why are we doing this project?
- Current/Desired State
What is the current state as related to this project?
What is desired?
What will be delivered at various stages or phase gates of the project?
What are the final deliverables?
- In Frame/ Out of Frame
What areas are “in scope”?
What things are we clearly NOT doing?
What are some clearly stated “givens” that we can assume will be true about this project?
What individuals or groups have a stake in the outcome?
Do we have the right people on the project?
How much influence does each one have?
What do they need?
- Key Decisions
What are the key decisions we need to make as this project progresses?
What circumstances will help make this project successful?
What things will contribute to a failure?
How will we measure success? In the short term? In the long term?
A small upfront investment with the project team will pay big dividends down the road... the RIGHT road!
Written By: David Haedtler, August 2011
David is a Principal with the Office of the CIO Professional Services