Scope and Quality
If specific technological aspects of the project such as engineering,
manufacturing or constructibility, are to be reviewed, such an investigation
must clearly be conducted by those thoroughly conversant with the
project's technology. In addition, most projects today have some
degree of recognizable environmental, social or safety impacts.
If these have not already been analyzed and arrangements made for
monitoring and mitigation, then persons with corresponding knowledge
and experience must undertake such review.
Even so, certain general management questions can be formulated
with regard to the technical scope and quality of the project.
For example: Is the scope consistent with the project's goals,
and are these goals consistent with current market opportunities?
Has it been sufficiently developed prior to the commencement of
project planning, in order to avoid, or at least minimize changes
and enhancements during project implementation?
Have the major stakeholders been involved in this development process,
and are they required to sign off on the plan prior to implementation?
Have the expected results of the project been defined in measurable
terms in order to facilitate control during implementation, and
will the stakeholders be required to signify acceptance upon completion?
Is all of this clearly understood by the project team?
In the case of quality: has the project's executive given priority
to building the required quality standards into the project planning
and execution process right from the outset? Is this standard consistent
with production, operation, maintenance, safety and social acceptability
expectations, so that the facility will perform economically during
its life time. Indeed will the facility last for its required life
Have the members of the project team been selected on the basis
of their qualifications for their respective roles, and likewise
will similar considerations be given to those providing detailed
design and/or construction services during project execution?
Are meeting the end-user's requirements seen as being at least
as important as, if not more important than, meeting cost and schedule
targets, and will a post project review include a critique of the
project's quality attainment?