Clarify objectives

You need to be very clear on what value you expect to achieve from this project. Your stakeholders need to know this as does your customer/end user and all those involved in delivering the project.

You should consider:

Clarify and confirm objectives

You should consider :

  • At every meeting you have keep questioning the objectives you set out at the start and either confirm them or modify them
  • Never blindly accept the objectives – these may mean different things to different people
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the “silly” questions

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Develop project plan and brief

Even though this is early days for the project you need to develop a broad project plan setting out what you want the project to deliver.

You should consider:

  • Using a standard template for preparing a project plan
  • Using a standard template for preparing a brief to assist in engaging with others to help deliver the project

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Define time, cost and quality parameters

Even though this is early days for the project you still need to set out what level of quality you expect, how much you are prepared to pay for this and how soon you want it delivered.

You should consider :

  • Setting this information out in your project plan
  • Thinking about how to engage specialist support to help you deliver your project

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Define “added value” requirements

What “added value” do you want from your project over and above just building something?

You should consider :

  • What are the areas that are of greatest importance to you?
  • Do you have socio-economic needs such as a requirement to create jobs for economically inactive individuals or NEETS (not in employment, education or training)? (Blaenavon Community Campus)
  • Do you wish to up-skill local communities?
  • How important is community engagement to you? (Taf Ely Learning Centre)
  • What are your aspirations for reducing waste?
  • Do you hope to provide apprenticeships?
  • Talking to stakeholders about what could be achieved
  • Engaging with the community to understand their needs and consider if these can be incorporated into the project.

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