Unit 3: Planning and Management of Computing Projects

Definition of a Project

A clear and accurate project definition is critical to the success of a project. The definition process consists of setting clearly defined objectives, determining the key success criteria and evaluating the risks involved. The final outcome should be a Project Definition document, sometimes referred to as a Project Charter.

The Project Definition should include a statement of the business need that the project aims to address and a description of the product, service or other deliverables that will be its output. It can be constructed by asking a series of questions:

  • What is the purpose, or project mission, ie the reason for doing the project?
  • What are the goals, ie what targets does the project aim to achieve.
  • What is the scope of the project, ie how will the organisation gain?
  • What are the quality standards and performance criteria?
  • What are the measurable objectives of the project?
  • What are the key success criteria?
  • What are the project deliverables?
  • What are the project constraints, eg time, resources, performance criteria?
  • What risks are involved?

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