IT Project Proposal Worksheet
Answer the questions below to define and develop your project. Questions are based on "Don't Gamble with IT," by Ben Smith, copyright Windows IT Pro, October 2005.
- Define the problem you're trying to solve.
- What is your organization's current approach to solving this problem?
- What are the limitations of the current approach?
- What is unique about your solution? How does it differ from and improve upon the current solution?
- If your project succeeds, what will its positive impact be?
- If your project succeeds, what problems will it cause in other areas of your business? Whom do you need to add to the project team to mitigate these problems?
- Who should be on your project implementation team and why? Who should manage the team?
- Does the project need separate implementation and maintenance teams? If so, who should be on the maintenance team?
- How does the project fit into your organization's overall business and IT strategy?
- What final goal constitutes project success? How will you measure progress toward meeting that goal? Identify the measurements that will help you keep the project on track and within scope.
- What are the exit criteria for the project? Define the measurable point at which the project will be finished.
- Calculate the project's costs, including its impact on other projects and departments and assessing opportunity costs.