The final two sources of project management data gathering are fairly short so I’ll combine them in this post…
Data Gathering – Research Other Projects and Study Historical Data on Similar Projects
The investigation team can locate other similar projects in the following places:
- Look in the Project Management Office’s historical data and find similar projects to compare to the project you are researching.
- Look in associations’ databases that your organization has a membership with
- Look in industrial groups’ databases that your organization has an association with
By researching other similar projects, your team will accumulate a ‘lessons learned’ picture so you can learn from someone else’s mistake and hopefully avoid those mistakes on your future project.
Data Gathering – Ask the Project Stakeholders
The investigation team needs to get input from all project stakeholders for this future project. Some of the questions the project investigation team needs to be asking the project stakeholders are:
- How important is this project to the success of the firm
- Are there any possible show stoppers
- How is the customer to work with
- Do you know of any constraints
- How soon would the project have to start
Just as a reminder the stakeholders includes people like upper management, the project team and members outside the project who have an interest in the project results. The stakeholders also include the customer and user of the product.