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Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ Resource Kit by Janique Carbone Robert Larson and Microsoft Windows Virtualization Team

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Establishing Success Criteria

Many projects are completed and considered a success without anyone ever really defining what success represents. Success criteria (sometimes called conditions of satisfaction) are measurable events or outcomes against which the project can be evaluated. Success criteria should be defined and agreed on with the executive sponsor before the project begins. This ensures that you can gather the right set of data points required to evaluate the success criteria of the project.

Measurability is the key aspect of establishing success criteria. For example, stating the project is a success if the Hyper-V server has higher utilization is not measurable. Restated to create a measurable success criterion, the requirement should ...

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