Work It Out

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.

  1. Define the problem you're trying to solve.
  2. What is your organization's current approach to solving this problem?
  3. What are the limitations of the current approach?
  4. What is unique about your solution? How does it differ from and improve upon the current solution?
  5. If your project succeeds, what will its positive impact be?
  6. 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?
  7. Who should be on your project implementation team and why? Who should manage the team?
  8. Does the project need separate implementation and maintenance teams? If so, who should be on the maintenance team?
  9. How does the project fit into your organization's overall business and IT strategy?
  10. 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.
  11. What are the exit criteria for the project? Define the measurable point at which the project will be finished.
  12. Calculate the project's costs, including its impact on other projects and departments and assessing opportunity costs.
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