Data Gathering – Ask Experts
The next step in the data gathering of project management is to find an expert in your organizations industry or trade. The team needs to find someone who has experience in the type of project your organization is planning to perform.
As defined by the New World Dictionary an expert is:
very skillful; having much training and knowledge in some special field; a person who is very skillful or highly trained and informed in some special field.
So by using the above definition the investigation team needs to find a person who is very skillful and highly trained and well informed on the type of project they are looking to execute. In most cases a consultant can be found and hired who is an expert in the field the project requires.
As noted by the PMBOK: 4th edition:
Expert judgment is often required to assess the inputs of a project process. The expertise can be provided by any group or individual with specialized knowledge or training, and may be available from many sources, including the following list:
- Employees within the organization
- Project Stakeholders
- Industry organizations