Here's a checklist that can help you to determine if your project is defined properly and if you are ready to proceed to the next iteration of detailed planning. If you find that your project is not properly defined, you have the following options available to you:
For anyone who has not attended a Goal Setting 101 course, let's do a quick review of SMART goals.
Actually, I've seen two different definitions of SMART goals, and they both apply:
Definition #1SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Rewarding, and Time-based.
Definition #2SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Agreed-To, Realistic, and Time-based.
Perhaps, the acronym should be SMAARRT. For projects, the second definition is more important due to the "Agreed-To" element.
As with all project documents, make sure you have a way to control changes to the Project Definition document and that you have proper backups of it.
Your Configuration Management Plan (discussed in Chapter 12, "Managing Project Deliverables") will document this.
The Absolute Minimum
At this point, you should have a solid understanding of the following:
The map in Figure 4.1 summarizes the main points we reviewed in this chapter.
Figure 4.1. Defining a project overview.
Part i. Project Management Jumpstart
Project Management Overview
The Project Manager
Essential Elements for any Successful Project
Part ii. Project Planning
Defining a Project
Planning a Project
Developing the Work Breakdown Structure
Estimating the Work
Developing the Project Schedule
Determining the Project Budget
Part iii. Project Control
Controlling a Project
Managing Project Changes
Managing Project Deliverables
Managing Project Issues
Managing Project Risks
Managing Project Quality
Part iv. Project Execution
Leading a Project
Managing Project Communications
Keys to Better Project Team Performance
Ending a Project