The Importance Of Project Foundations

Let’s talk about the importance of project foundations.

You wouldn’t build a house without solid and stable foundations, so why start a project without the same solid project foundations?

What do I mean by project foundations?  Listen to this podcast episode to find out.

Here’s a run down if you don’t have the time to listen to the episode.

A Number Of Documents Form the Foundation

If you don’t put down the base foundation, which in the situation of building a house, for example, are footing, your ‘building’ or project will shift.

 

The only difference is that the ‘footings’ for your project are the definition of your problem or opportunity statement.  This statement allows you to understand what it is that you are ‘building’ from your project.

Next in the building context comes the actual foundations. For your project that is the definition of your business requirements and the options for how you are going to deliver those requirements.

Your options, of course, are captured in your business case.

Your Business Case and Business Requirements Are Key Documents

These documents, your business case and business requirements are the way that your project will be measured. You will track and monitor against them to ensure that your ‘building’ (project) is on track the way that it should be.

Then you have the structure or framework of the building itself. For your project, these are the resource plan and project time for delivery. What will you need and when and how will you ensure the delivery is made.

The identification of the risks and assumptions also fit into this framework area. Buildings have windows and doors.  A building needs to be solid enough to stand on its own even with the windows and doors in place.

Your risks and assumptions are the holes that may form in your project. And if your project can’t continue with them, then you’ve got a problem.

How Will You Hand Over To the Client

This piece is often forgotten, especially at the start of a project. Yet, a building contractor ensures that the building is built and delivered in exactly the way the customer wants it, clean and ready for use.

You wouldn’t throw the keys at the client once the actual building is finished, in a mess with dirt and bits of residual material everywhere, would you?  Would you as a customer accept the building if it was delivered to you that way?

Of course, you wouldn’t. That’s why developing your Handover Strategy is a key part of your project foundation too.