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A summary

In this section, an overall view on project success has been presented, including views on success criteria and factors. You have got an opportunity to more in-depth apply and reflect …

Success critera vs. success factors

It is the steering committee that has to establish the project success criteria, together with the project manager and other important stakeholders, for example the customer. Examples of success criteria …

Plan for project success

Can we plan for project success? The constraints in the project triangle are often used as a measure of project success. However, these success criteria promote efficiency before effectiveness, i.e. …

A summary

In this section, the focus has been different perspectives on project success, including effectiveness and efficiency “(Doing the right things, and doing the right things in the right way”), and …

The stakeholder perspective

A project is seldom considered a success or failure among all stakeholders, i.e. can be a success for some and a disaster for others. Hence, we have to manage multiple …

Project vs. project management perspective

It is important to understand the differences between project and project management success, which at a first glance seems to be the same. Project management success overall refers to efficiency, …

The project triangle perspective

The project triangle illustrates three constraints or steering parameters in a project. These constraints (Time and cost limits, and scope) are also a way of illustrating aspects of project efficiency, …

Perspectives on project success

To determine if there is project success we need to use different perspectives. Stakeholder perspective A stakeholder perspective implies that we have to understand different people’s and group’s needs and …

A summary

Projects are a way of working toward obtaining goals in an uncertain environment. Uncertainties are unavoidable and can present both risks (negative event) and opportunities (positive event). When a plan …

Uncertainty – A risk or an opportunity?

Some examples of project risk areas are described below. Stakeholders and requirements Important stakeholders not identified Stakeholders’ needs and expectations are not identified or neglected Requirements are not specified Competence …

Project plan meets reality

Projects are a way of working to obtain goals in an uncertain environment. Therefore, there are many risks (a negative event) and opportunities (a positive event) that can occur during …

A summary

Overall, project characteristics are obtaining goals in an uncertain environment, with the purpose to create value, where goals have to be S.M.A.R.T formulated. However, if a goal-seeking project, initially a …

Tollgates and milestones

Tollgates and milestones are control functions at the business and project level. Tollgates A tollgate implies a point in time when the steering group evaluates project progress and makes decisions …

Project stakeholders

Stakeholders A stakeholder is a person, group or an organization who has influence or can be influenced by an organization’s actions. Hence, a project stakeholder is a person, group or …

Goal-seeking vs. goal-oriented projects

Different types of projects (for example within construction, ICT and organizational change) imply that the project can be either goal-orientated or goal-seeking. Goal-oriented projects have a focus on problem-solving and …