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.