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Project Management Step by Step: How to Plan and Manage a Highly Successful Project by Richard Newton

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Step 2.1 Complete the Project Definition

So, how do you go about defining what the outcome of your project is to be? This is what project managers call scope. The way you understand the ‘why’ and ‘what’ is by asking a series of simple structured questions and then by making sure that the answers are agreed with the relevant people.

The questions

The key questions you should ask are:

Why do you want to do this project?
This needs to be a clear statement of the reason why you are doing the project – what you will be able to achieve when you have done the project that you cannot achieve now.
What will you have at the end of this project that you don’t have now?
This is the fundamental question. You are doing a project to deliver something. This ...

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