The best physics models suggest we experience four dimensions in our day-to-day lives. In a case of business imitating life, Mounir Ajam writes in a blog post about four dimensions of project success, based in a methodology called the Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™ (CAM2P™). The first dimension is product success, in which the success of delivering a product in accordance with a detailed plan is measured. The next dimension is project management success, which tends to deal with factors of time and cost among others. Project success is the third dimension:
This dimension is somewhat difficult to explain, but we can say it is about: did we deliver the project per the project authorization document, or project charter? In some cases, we can merge this with previous measure, and in other instances we can merge it with the fourth dimension. Simplistically, one can say the project is a success, once we achieve both product and project management success. However, the question is usually deeper than this.
Business objective success is the fourth dimension, where it is determined if the project outcome delivered the expected benefits originally outlined at the beginning of the project. View the full blog post for helpful graphs to show how these four dimensions interact. It is simpler than it sounds, or, at least, it is not rocket science. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.