You Got To Have Plan
Starting any type of business project or initiative without some level of planning would be foolish. This is reinforced in the ISO standard through clause 8.3.2 which defines requirements for an ISO 9001 design and development plan. At this point, we’ll assume that you have already assessed the viability of the project and determined an acceptable return on investment.
An excellent place to start with project planning would be to define the vision, goals, objectives, scope, expected results, and anticipated outcome for the project. Without a plan, there is no way to know when the project will be complete, how much it will cost, what resources are needed, and when they will be required. It would also be good to define how resources will interface, communicate, and engage during the project. Not all resources are internal, so don’t forget to establish plans and schedules for external resources such as materials, equipment, contractors, consultants, and other service providers. [Read more…]