Main task in project definition phase is to formulate a clear project
goal and work out features and requirements the project result shall
How Do We Define a Project Goal?
General criterion is: the goal definition needs to give us enough
information so that we can continue with more detailed planning in
subsequent planning phase.
We achieve this best by setting SMART goals:
Specific Measurable Attractive Realistic Timed
Construction of a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home for a family of three. Specific: the house shall consist of
living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, two bedrooms, two
bathrooms; on one floor; single car port. Measurable: overall size 95 to 105 sqm, of approx. square footprint, overall cost under USD 100,000.-- Attractive: comparably low cost. Realistic: only if future owner has enough skills to contribute minimum 30% of work on site. Timed: within 18 months, including design and planning.
Vacation of two weeks in Thailand countryside, for two people. Specific: the vacation shall go through three smaller cities, exclusivly using public transport. Measurable: maximum two nights in Bangkok, cost of EUR 500.-- per person, excl. airfare. Attractive: adventurous, comparably low cost. Realistic: with some preparation, especially, basics of Thai language. Timed: within 6 months, including planning.
Design and build a new wooden desk for our office. Specific: the desk shall provide enough area for a standard size laptop, small size laser printer, and paper work. Measurable: lenght 200 cm, depth 90 cm, height 80 cm; total cost less than EUR 500.-- Attractive: doing it ourselves, it comes with comparably low cost and will be a lot of "fun". Realistic: given the fact that all nessesary skills, tools, and material are available, yes. Timed: within 2 weeks, including planning.
(We use the third example in later lessons as well.)