10 Questions Every Project Manager Should Ask to Define a Project

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Date posted: December 15, 2014

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10 Questions every PM should ask

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In project management, the questions asked upfront can determine the success or failure of a project.  Many drawbacks can be avoided if questions are articulated completely and if the answers are detailed and coherent.  Before jumping into a project, make sure all areas are defined, so that there are no assumptions on anyone’s part. Asking the right questions is an important skill to learn. Get started thinking about how you’ll approach your next project with our sample question set below:

  1. Who is working on the project, and who are on their teams?
  2. What are the business goals that the project is aiming to achieve?
  3. What business benefits will these goals deliver if achieved?
  4. What are the potential risks and roadblocks, and what can be done to prevent or overcome them?
  5. Are there any easy-to-implement alternatives to this project?
  6. Will new equipment/products be required to facilitate project delivery?
  7. Will existing staff require re-training?
  8. Will the project deliverables need to be tested and, if so, by whom?
  9. Who is the main stakeholder, with ultimate responsibility for driving the project forward?
  10. Will there be any necessary staff changes (redundancies or new hires)?

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