Step Six F -Establish Project Goals and Objectives – Project Constraints
In this step you need to identify any possible project constraints. This could be a thing like:
- Not enough cash flow to do the project
- Not enough resources to complete the project if there is only one choice of a manufacturing company
- Project is due during organization shut down
As defined by the PMBOK: 2000 edition a constraint is an applicable restriction that will affect the performance of the project. Any factor that affects when an activity can be scheduled is called a constraint.
The next step of the investigation team will be to identify the project milestones. Just remember the investigation team is not going into great detail on each one of these activities, they are staying at a high-level. If the project is approved during the planning processes the actual project team will go into detailed planning mode.
Step Six G -Establish Project Goals and Objectives – Project Milestones
Project milestones are generally critical accomplishments planned at time intervals throughout the project and used as a basis to monitor overall project performance. The format may be either network or bar chart and may contain minimal detail at a highly summarized level. This is often referred to as a Milestone Schedule.
Step Six H -Establish Project Goals and Objectives – Deliverable Breakdown Structure
The investigation team will create the summary scope, DBS and schedule from the data collected above from the project(s) sponsor and stakeholders. This documentation serves as guidance for the development of the project plan.
An example of the Newsletter DBS is:
- Newsletter body
- Newsletter Resources
- Newsletter Construction
- Newsletter Sign-Off
- Newsletter Review
- Newsletter Distribution