Project Management

Move from Requirement to Execution in 4 Crucial Steps

Every great project once started as a simple idea, but progressing to the execution stage is a path laden with obstacles. In an article for Project Smart, Kenneth Darter explores how to progress the project idea from the project requirement phase into execution. There are four steps that help to ensure that scope is kept aligned by the project team during the final stage of the project:

  1. Traceability
  2. Clarification
  3. Specifications
  4. Verification

Following the Path

The first step in this process is traceability. The requirements need to have a definitive trace from the original document to the final solution. Having traceability helps the team to see where and why they are making their decisions. Additionally, it is a safeguard against forgetting steps or adding anything unnecessary.

In the perfect world, the requirements would be written in a way that is clear and understood by everyone. However, this is not typically the case, and that means that the project manager may need to spend some time clarifying the requirements. Additionally, the requirements need to be written at a specific level so that the project is well-driven.

During the clarification process, the project manager will gain a better perspective about what the customer wants and what the specifications are. Specifications need to be well-defined and articulated early on so that the project plan stays aligned. The project manager needs to keep track of all of these details, even if they seem tedious and a waste of time.

The final step of this process is to verify. Does the original document align with the executed project? This can be achieved through testing that involves all parties invested. This testing helps to see if the final project accomplishes the original goals. There must be enough time allotted to complete this step because verification needs to be done correctly before the project can be classified as finished.

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