This article looks at a simple, practical approach to project planning.
Take time during the interviews to draw out the requirements that create real benefits.
Sometimes stakeholders will talk about needs that aren't relevant and don't deliver benefits. The next step, once you have conducted all the interviews and have a comprehensive list of needs is to prioritise them.
The options you have in this situation are: Use the project schedule to justify pursuing one of these options.
This section deals with the plans you should create as part of the planning process. Identify, by name, the individuals and organisations with a leading role in the project.
From the prioritised list, create a set of easily measurable goals.
A good technique for doing this is to review them against the SMART principle.
Create a list of tasks that need to be carried out for each deliverable identified in step 2.
For each task determine the following: Once you have established the amount of effort for each task, you can work out the effort required for each deliverable, and an accurate delivery date.
A project is successful when it has met the needs of the stakeholders.
A stakeholder is anybody directly, or indirectly impacted by the project.