The 4+1 Questions
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Capabilities Requirements

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Execution + Continuous Risk...
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Five processes of success

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All successful projects share 5 processes as their basis of success. Starting with knowing the needed capabilities, technical and operational requirements that implement those capabilities, the planned work to deliver the requirements, the means of measuring progress to the plan, and the handling of the risks that will be encountered during the project's execution.

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Five processes of success

  1. 1. The 4+1 Questions Every Project Must Answer to be Successful Capabilities Requirements Plans Execution + Continuous Risk Management 1.  What capabilities are needed to fulfill the Concept of Operations†, Œ the Mission and Vision, or the Business System Requirements? 2.  What technical and operational requirements are  needed to deliver these capabilities? 3.  What schedule delivers the product or Ž services on time to meet the requirements? 4.  What periodic measures of  physical percent complete assure progress to plan?  † 1 What impediments to success, their mitigations, retirement plans, or “buy downs are in place to increase the probability of success?” A Concept of Operations (ConOps) describes the characteristics of a system from the point of view of an individual who will use that system. It is used to communicate the quantitative and qualitative system characteristics to all stakeholders. Performance-Based Project Management(sm), Copyright © Glen B. Alleman, 2012, 2013 Chapter 0

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