Monday, February 9, 2009

Are you doing a project pre-check?

Projects@Work recently suggested incorporating a project pre-check during the expression of interest stage in project management.

Steven Hawald, Robbins-Gioia's Process Refinement and Optimization Practice had this to say about the way pre-check is used in his company:

"Programs in which key business changes are implemented have been, and will continue to be, medium- to high-risk adventures. This is because they involve getting large organizations ready for large change. Project Pre-Check is an approach that helps you understand the deeper internal and external components of a proposed project before work begins."

The process uses 100 to 150 questions to look at what a new project will be for a company, including an evaluation of the complexity and risk of the new or ongoing project.

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