Deliverables are NOT Objectives!

MCLMG Publishing & Research Division

by Paul Lohnes, MBA, PMP
Published in the Project Post-Gazette, Issue 2014-03,  Project Post-Gazette

This is a strange statement to make, no? However, be that as it may, the truth of the statement is inescapable – deliverables are NOT objectives as so many project managers (PM) and Business Analysts (BA) seem to think. Deliverables are the result of careful planning, properly campaigned objectives towards the goal of producing ‘fit-for-use’ (FFU) deliverables. Thinking of your deliverables as objectives is like thinking that your vacation is the objective instead of the goal of your time off. You can spend your time off in many different ways achieving different results, accomplishing various activities, but the deliverable of your time off, this time or thinking of it as your project, is the production of an enjoyable vacation to the Bahamas. Your objectives would be the series of major tasks or activities grouped into manageable…

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