The project planning is a set of deliverables that document a business problem, alternative methods of solving that problem, and a recommended course of action.  The project planning deliverables are the basis for the go/no-go decision regarding whether or not the problem should be solved.  They are created anytime a business problem is identified or a project is proposed.

The idea behind the project planning is to create a set of deliverables that document the business need for a project and a set of alternatives for solving that problem.  The project charter is used to establish the business need for the project.  The feasibilty study documents different methods of addressing those business needs and provide an estimate of the cost of each alternative.  Based on the project charter and the feasibility study, a project recommendation is created.  The recommendation offers a suggested course of action.  

Deliverables Checklist

Deliverable: Answers the Question:
Project Charter What business requirements generated the need for a new system?
What is the business case for building a system that satisfies those requirements?

Feasibilty Study Technical Feasibility:
Does the technology exist to implement the proposed system?
Which technologies are most appropriate to solving the business problem?
Is it a practical proposition?
Legal Feasibility:
Is there any conflict between the proposed system and legal requirements, e.g. the Data Protection Act, Federal and State regulatory mandates?
Operational Feasibility:
Are the current work practices and procedures adequate to support the new system?
Schedule Feasibility:
Can the system be developed and implemented within the allocated time?
Cost Feasibility:
Can the system be developed and implemented within the allocated budget?

Project Recommendation What is the recommended course of action?
Which of the alternative solutions makes the most sense?

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