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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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Step 4: Derive Project Success Criteria

You can’t judge whether a product satisfies all of its business goals and objectives until some time after delivery. However, each business objective should imply technical success criteria you can monitor prior to release. The development team can’t directly meet a business goal of "Capture a 40 percent market share within 12 months." But perhaps they can decompose that goal into specific project actions and product features aligned with achieving the market share target. Disconnects between success criteria and business objectives give stakeholders no way to assess whether the project is likely to meet those objectives.

Success criteria shape many aspects of your project, beginning with the functional and ...

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