Was that your project? Or is it this?
Knowing whether your project is a simple tire swing in the back yard or a playground that easily accommodates 50 pre-schoolers seems easy. Sometimes the situation is a little more grey. For example:
- Does your project to open a new location for a pet products center include a fancy evening gala opening with media celebrities? OR, is it a casual day-long pet-oriented opening with free doggie baths?
- Does your move to a new office location include custom decorated executive suites and a newly paved parking area? OR, are you on a tight budget with limited renovations and few furniture upgrades?
- Does your strategic planning effort include months of study on what has been successful in the past, what is needed in the future, and a competitive analysis? OR, are you simply doing a cursory analysis to develop a one-year game plan for a rapidly changing marketplace?
Set project expectations early by quickly establishing a preliminary budget range.
Then, continue to document scope decisions as planning unfolds. This will help the project team ensure that it is moving forward on the right group of activities with full management support.
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Photo Credits: “Cascade Township Park Playground Swing” 2011; by Steven Depolo; Under CC BY 2.0 License; https://ow.ly/KD6Ci
“Playground” by James Thompson; 2006; Under CC BY 2.0 License; https://ow.ly/KD6iV