Define a clear, specific and measurable project
objective. Avoid vague objectives such as "Create state-of-the-art
A project's objectives may include:
A list of project deliverables. A deliverable is
a tangible and measurable result, outcome, or item that must be produced to
complete a project or part of a project. Both, project team and project stakeholders
must agree on the deliverables before the project can start. Stakeholders
are individuals or organizations that are actively involved in the project
or whose interests might be affected by the project.
Specific due dates, both for the ultimate
completion of the project and for intermediate milestones. Milestones are
reference points marking major events in a project and are used to monitor
the project’s progress
Specific quality criteria that must meet.
To begin planning, you make educated guesses and
then use those estimates to create your schedule. Project stakeholders can
critique them and then formally agree to a set of project assumptions.
Update the schedule when you have additional information on these factors.
List your project's constraints to ensure that
all project stakeholders are aware of them and have the opportunity to
comment on the list. Your projects have a specific finish date, scope
and perhaps budget (project triangle).
The project's scope is the combination of all
project goals and tasks, and the work required to accomplish them.