Project definition • A project is a… • temporary resource effort • … which is carried out to create one or several unique… • deliverables • … and thus impact! Resources Deliverables Time
Purpose Why this project? Problem to be solved. Desired effect. The vision. Deliverables What should be delivered? The product. Success criteria What was the effect? Effect targets. Tripartition of the project’s objectives creates focus on… … why the project should be carried out, what is to be delivered, and what the desired effect of the project should be.
The project’s objectives • Why is the project carried out? • ”In order to...” • Have we obtained the purpose? • Measuring the effect of the project at the operational stage (connects to purpose) • ”By being able to measure/conclude...” • How is the purpose realised? • Deliverables of the project? ”By delivering... (the end product achieved when the project is completed) • 1. Purpose 2. Success criteria • 3. Deliverables
The objectives are developed and realised over time Life cycle of the project/activity Life cycle of deliverables/results Purpose defined Success criteria defined Deliverables established Define Measurement/realisation of the project’s success criteria Realisation of Deliverables Plan Realisationof purpose Execute Finish Contract agreed on Agreement on deliverables, resources and time The objectives take place in steps, as the knowledge level is increased, and the level of uncertainty is reduced
Description of milestones • A milestone • SMART • Specific • Measurable • Accepted • Realistic (but still ambitious) • Time-bound • An unambiguous, certain state • The conditions connected to the realisation of the project planning • The milestone must be SMART and contain quality assurance • For every milestone, an exact date and responsible person will be defined • Example Specification off requirements to new IT system has been prepared. The specification is approved by IT manager (signature). Deadline: September 31th. Responsibility: John Smith.