In This Chapter
Clarifying your project’s objective
Describing deliverables, schedules and resources
Addressing the uncertainties
When you begin a project, enthusiasm or organisational deadlines, or both, can make you want to jump in and start the technical work immediately. However, you know you have the greatest chance of a successful outcome, including delivering the right thing, if you plan out your project before you start the actual work. Answer the ten questions in this chapter to be sure you’ve completely identified all the work your project will require.
A common cause of project problems to the point of failure is unclear objectives. It’s easy enough for people to have very different ideas but use the same words so assume that everyone else agrees with them. You not only need to establish clear objectives, but also to get them agreed by the key players. You can do so by determining the following: