You can produce an excellent project plan that can fit on one side of one piece of paper and take less than an hour to create. It will be suitable for 90% of the projects that most organization do. The key to making this work is for you and the project sponsor to play your roles […]
These articles cover the process of managing project requirements. During Initiation, the project manager identifies the stakeholders. These are the people who are affected by the project. Then the PM learns their requirements. The intent is to define their requirements before completing the project plan. That allows the project manager to avoid surprise requirements which arise later in the project. These surprises cost much more than they would have earlier in the planning process.
You settled down at a table in the company cafeteria with status reports on three of the projects in the program you were managing. You decided to start with the most problematic of your projects and opened that folder, managing to remove the staple with a knife without stabbing yourself. At a neighboring table, people from sales, marketing, […]
Project Requirements: The Key to Stakeholder Management, Scope Control & Change Requests Managing project requirements builds the foundation for: Effective scope and change control Strong support from stakeholders and users Finishing your project without last-minute requirements surprises. Stakeholders are the principal focus of managing project requirements. You must continuously try to identify new stakeholders so you […]
Unfortunately, poor requirements gathering techniques are the cause of many project failures. These blunders cause three separate problems for the project. Each one can increase the cost and duration and lower the users’ or clients’ satisfaction. Each week stakeholders submit requests for new or modified requirements because: Stakeholders complain about the project deliverables not meeting […]
Project Approval Process The project approval process varies from organization to organization. In some, it is a rational process of strategic and tactical planning. In others, it is a highly charged political game where project managers keep their backs to the wall to avoid a dagger from behind. Whatever the environment, there are two classic […]
One of the key phases on every project is correctly collecting requirements from the user. In the past 10 years I have never seen a project of relevant size that didn’t have changes requested, either during build/execution phase or during testing. Requirements Main Page Waterfall Approach A rigorous waterfall project approach that firstly requires collecting […]
A study by project management consulting company, PM Solutions, in 2011 examined 163 companies to identify top causes of IT projects failure, and requirements ranked right at the top. Requirements Main Page The issue with Project Requirements Prototyping is a communication issue. We humans express our thoughts and needs using a biased, misunderstand able medium, […]