About this lesson
Project Decision Making is the process whereby the project leader and project team decide upon project strategy, tactics, and acceptable actions. For Project Stakeholders, the decisions normally concern project boundaries. For Project Core Team members, the decisions normally concern project plans and execution.
Project Decision Making is the process whereby the project leader and project team decide upon project strategy, tactics, and acceptable actions. For Project Stakeholders, the decisions normally concern project boundaries. For Project Core Team members, the decisions normally concern project plans and day-to-day execution.
When to use
Cross-functional project decision making is required throughout the life of the project. A decision making process is often needed to resolve conflicting points of view.
At the time of project initiation, Project Stakeholders must make decisions about project goals and project boundaries.
During the project, Project Core Team members must make decisions about project plans, risk response, and the adequacy of project performance.
At project reviews and toll-gate reviews, Project Stakeholders and Project Team members must make decisions about project progress and risk response.
- Clarify the decision that must be made and who should make it.
- Schedule an appropriate meeting(s) for those to gather who must participate in the decision based upon the selected decision making process.
- At the meeting, present the options, risks, and known data.
- Make a decision using the selected decision making approach.
Hints & tips
- Not making a decision that is needed is often the worst thing that can happen on a project; time continues to go by with the team not knowing what to do.
- Communicate the decision making approach you will be using so that those involved can manage their expectations.
- Different decision making approaches take different amounts of time, match the approach with the time available.
- Recognize the possible causes of bad decisions by stakeholders or team members and guard against those.
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