Project Management Scope
You have to know what you are trying to
This seems obvious, but lack of clarity
in the early stages of a project is very common and causes many problems. Many
projects start up with vague or ill defined ideas of what they want to achieve.
If you hope to deliver a successful project in a finite amount of time you need
to determine the final state your product must achieve, you need to set yourself
a concrete goal.
If you have an infinite amount of time
you could simply try one solution after another until you hit upon the best
solution for your problem. This ‘inventive’ approach to product development can
give rise to spectacular and unique solutions but more often than not ends in
failure or inadequate results.
Also most of us don’t operate in environments
where we have infinite amounts of time or resources. Most of us operate in an
environment where we need to deliver a concrete in solution in a very finite
period of time.
In order to do this we need a way to
select the best solution from a range of possible approaches. The first and most
important step in this process is defining what will actually constitute a
success. Then we can evaluate all of the possibilities against our definition of
success and find the best fit. Without this we’ll be shooting in the dark.
The more accurate you can define your
objectives, the more likely you will be to succeed.
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