3 Questions To Ask When Measuring Project Success
LAST UPDATED ON: 27TH AUGUST, 2019
One of the processes that are very difficult when it comes to project management is the process of measuring project success. Before, we do agree that we can say that a Project is successful when the Project Manager is able to operate within the cost, scope, risk and schedule of the project. That means he is able to manage the project constraints. Basically, a project is successful when a Project Manager is able to achieve Project objectives.
There are times that Project Managers have different perspectives as to what constitutes a successful project. Whatever the perspective of the Project Manager and stakeholders are, they need to choose deliverables that are in line with project objectives. It should be noted that whatever means they have chosen, they must have key performance Indicators to measure it.
The Project Manager and stakeholders need to answer three questions when they are measuring project success. Let us look at this in this article.
#1 What does success look like?
It is important for all stakeholders to agree on what success means to the project in question. Since projects are meant to address a particular problem or opportunity, it should not be difficult for the Project Manager and other stakeholders to agree on whether a particular project was successful or not.
#2 How success will be measured?
One thing is very clear. Whatever project you are embarking upon and you do not have means of determining whether it is succeeding or not should not be called a project. he Project Manager and stakeholder should come up with yardsticks that will be used to measure project success throughout its lifecycle.
#3 What factors may impact success?
The Project Manager and other stakeholders are to determine and discover some of the major risks that will not allow the project to be a success. You have to discover the risks and come up with mitigation strategies to reduce the impact of these risks.
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