Important Questions Project Planning Should Answer

Think of project planning as a process of "asking questions" and working with your team to "get the answers." While the process of defining a project answers some key fundamental questions to get us started such as

• Why are we doing this project?

• What is the project supposed to accomplish?

• Who are the key stakeholders? The sponsor? The customers?

It is the process of "detail planning" a project that allows us to answer the questions we need addressed to implement and manage the project. These important questions focus on both the work to produce the targeted deliverables and on the work to manage the project. Some of these key questions include the following:

• How exactly will the deliverables be produced?

• What work tasks must be performed to produce the deliverable?

• What other resources (facilities, tools) will we need to do the work?

• Where will the work occur?

• How much will this project cost?

• What skills, skill levels, and experience are needed for each role? When do I need them?

• When do I need each resource? How do I get resources?

• Who is responsible and accountable for what?

• How will changes be controlled?

• How do I ensure acceptable quality in deliverables and in the process?

• How will I keep stakeholders informed, get their feedback, what mediums are best?

• How will I track issues? How will critical issues be escalated?

• How do we handle variances? What is the threshold for senior management? What communications need to occur?

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