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MindGenius Project Planning: Sort What You Need (& Don't)

In step 3 of the MindGenius 5 Step Guide to Planning Projects we learn that we need to take everyone's deliverables and test them against our project vision to establish their importance and priority.

The team at MindGenius suggest it is vital to rigorously prioritise needs and requirements from the project. This will lead to decisions and clarity about the scope of the project and more significantly what is outside the scope... something that is often overlooked!

It is only by establishing this clarity of scope that we can communicate with and manage the expectations of the stakeholders. Getting expectations aligned at this early stage will save a lot of wasted time in the delivery stage explaining why something is or (just as importantly) is not happening.

Communicating a clear project scope to stakeholders offers an opportunity for gaps to be spotted or missing links identified. Taking them on board and integrating them into the project scope will lead to a complete, focused, set of scope requirements and aligned expectations from stakeholders.

This clarity of scope has a direct impact on the other two elements of the project's triple constraint: time and resources. If the scope is not agreed these two will be adversely affected and impossible to restore in the delivery phase of the project.

The MindGenius team go on to illustrate the components of a Scope Statement, that can be easily articulated when the scope and related expectations are aligned and understood.

You can view and download the FREE e-book from MindGenius here: Mission Controlled - The 5 Step Guide to Planning Projects

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Graham leads training and client services at Biggerplate.com, and writes here about mind mapping for businesses, training workshops and facilitation.
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