A paper presented to the International Seminar on Project Management for Developing Countries, September 4 to 6, 1991, in New Delhi, India. The audience was made up of mostly construction people, but much of the following content could equally apply to large projects in other areas of application.

Executive Summary  | Index | Part 1 | Part 2 | Conclusions | References

What is Meant by "Testing" and "Effectiveness"?

In the context of this paper, testing means taking a look at the project management process in such a way that senior management can be reasonably certain about the effectiveness of its project management organization. Effectiveness means whether or not the project will meet its stated goals, and if so, to what extent.

This pre-supposes, of course, that the goals are sufficiently well defined in terms of discrete objectives that can be measured against, that they are cohesive and consistent, and that they are in fact appropriate and achievable. It also presumes that there are no overriding "hidden" goals, or that if there are, they can be identified and factored into the assessment.

It is important to understand the linkage between the process and the objectives. At the same time it is important to recognize the difference in perspectives between examining the work activities to produce the various outputs and products of these activities, and their congruence with the overall project goals and objectives.

Introduction to Part 1  Introduction to Part 1

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