An updated version of
a paper first published
in PM World Today, February 2008
©Randall L. Englund.
Published here June 2008.

Introduction | The Project Management Institute's Work | Definitions of Project Success
The Process of Project Management | Working Within Constraints
 Be Careful Making Decisions Under Pressure | The Project Manager's Garden

Definitions of Project Success

For all endeavors that meet the definition of a project, it makes sense to invoke the process of project management to be successful. Everything else you can continue to do what you did yesterday or follow the recipe or leave it to chance or hope that somebody else knows what they're doing or ... Sure, sometimes it's fun to see what happens, be creative, and avoid structure. But when it's important that the outcome is done right or on time or within a budget, then you have a project and need project management.

A successful project is now recognized through several evolving definitions as illustrated in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Evolving definitions of a successful project
Figure 2: Evolving definitions of a successful project

So, a vital means to ensure a successful project is to ask key stakeholders, in advance, what it is they want from the project. Pin them down to the one thing that is most important to accomplish via the project. Then work like heck to make that happen.

The Project Management Institute's Work  The Project Management Institute's Work

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