Defining Your Project

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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

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