Preparing a project
Preparing a project

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Preparing a project

7 Will it work?

7.1 Consider the purpose

A project that meets an important need for your organisation will contribute towards meeting wider organisational targets. Consider the purpose – what will the project contribute that will further the goals of the organisation? It is often useful to discuss this with the project sponsor and to align the project objectives with the strategic objectives of the organisation. If the ‘fit’ of the project with the organisational direction is considered at an early stage, it might be possible to use the project to address a slightly wider set of concerns and to increase the available resources in recognition of the increased value of the project outcomes. Consider the questions that will help to determine the value of the project to the organisation:

  • what is the business case for carrying out this project?

  • how exactly will the project contribute to achieving any of the organisation's stated objectives?

If you ask these questions of the project and find that it does not contribute directly, the feasibility of the project should be considered as doubtful because the use of resources will be difficult to justify.

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