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Effective Software Project Management by Robert K. Wysocki Ph.D.

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The Scoping Phase of the Extreme SDPM Strategy for the Flexible Model

Figure 32-3 illustrates the integration of the project management Scoping Phase and the Flexible model Visionate Phase. This Extreme SDPM Scoping Phase for the Flexible model is the beginning of the project. As you can see, the Visionate Phase is iterative and is repeated a number of times throughout the cycles of an INSPIRE project.

Figure 32-3. Scoping Phase of the Extreme SDPM strategy for the Flexible model

There are two parts to the Visionate Phase:

  • The Sponsor’s Vision

  • The Collective Vision

As Figure 32-3 shows, this is an iterative process. The Visionate Phase is focused on answering two business questions:

  • What is needed?

  • Why is it needed?

Sponsor’s Vision

To get the Sponsor’s Vision you need to have a face-to-face meeting with the sponsor. At that meeting your questions should be guided by the first three parts of the POS. In order, you need to document:

  • Problem/opportunity statement— What is the problem or opportunity that has given rise to this project?

  • Goal and objectives— What are your goals and objectives for this project; that is, what do you expect to deliver?

  • Success criteria— What is the quantitative business value that will result from the successful completion of this project?

The POS would be a good way to communicate, in written document form, the high-level description of the project. The ...

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