Defining Your Project

From the Voices on Project Management Blog
by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Voices on Project Management offers insights, tips, advice and personal stories from project managers in different regions and industries. The goal is to get you thinking, and spark a discussion. So, if you read something that you agree with--or even disagree with--leave a comment.

About this Blog


View Posts By:

Cameron McGaughy
Marian Haus
Lynda Bourne
Lung-Hung Chou
Bernadine Douglas
Kevin Korterud
Conrado Morlan
Peter Tarhanidis
Mario Trentim
Jen Skrabak
David Wakeman
Roberto Toledo
Vivek Prakash
Cyndee Miller
Shobhna Raghupathy
Wanda Curlee
Rex Holmlin
Christian Bisson
Taralyn Frasqueri-Molina
Jess Tayel
Ramiro Rodrigues
Linda Agyapong
Joanna Newman
Soma Bhattacharya

Past Contributers:

Jorge Vald├ęs Garciatorres
Hajar Hamid
Dan Goldfischer
Saira Karim
Jim De Piante
sanjay saini
Judy Umlas
Abdiel Ledesma
Michael Hatfield
Deanna Landers
Alfonso Bucero
Kelley Hunsberger
William Krebs
Peter Taylor
Rebecca Braglio
Geoff Mattie
Dmitri Ivanenko PMP ITIL

Recent Posts

3 Reasons Project Managers Are Like Jugglers

PMI + TED: Possibility Speaks

Adventures in Leadership

Disruption? No Prob for a Rogue Monkey Like You

Separating Standards and Knowledge Management

Project management may not be all about document management, but it's a necessary and important part of the job. And it all starts with the project definition documents created in the planning phase.

As the name implies, these documents outline the details of a given project, such as business goals and requirements, scope, budget and project management plan.

Project definition documents should include:

Basic project data: Goals, objectives and any business issues to be resolved

Project execution parameters: Definitions of project boundaries, key policies and procedures that are specific to the organization and that must be followed to integrate the project work and its result into the organization during and after the product delivery

Required project management methodology: Governs how the project is planned, how each phase is executed and what's required to move from one phase to another

And don't forget any other information that might be helpful to anyone who wants to know about the project.

What's great about A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is that it offers project managers an idea of what should be included in the project management plan. Project managers can then create various project definition documents that best the the project at hand.

What tips do you have for putting together project definition documents? Are there certain processes you always follow?
Posted by Dmitri Ivanenko PMP ITIL on: November 06, 2009 07:04 PM | Permalink

Comments (0)

Please login or join to subscribe to this item

Please Login/Register to leave a comment.


"If God had meant for us to be naked, we'd have been born that way."

- Mark Twain