4 DESIGNING THE PROJECT

Design. The general layout or arrangement of a product.

Concise Oxford Dictionary, 8th edition (1991)

In the previous chapter we discussed setting objectives for a project. In parallel we set up the project to respond to the business needs and goals.

We use the term project design to identify this work. Project design includes:

  • defining the project scope and describing the key deliverables;
  • assessing the challenges of the project;
  • choosing the project manager and senior members of the team;
  • assessing the working environment;
  • project discipline;
  • communication;
  • planning to deal with failure (risk planning).

A notable omission from this list is preparation of the project management plan. There are two reasons for this ...

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