Project Review

Project Review
> You want do to know where you are standing with that large, multi-year, strategic project?

> You think one of your key projects is in trouble?

> Or you know that one of your key projects is in trouble?

Then a project review is what you are looking for!

When we talk about a project review there are many names thrown around to indicate the same thing: project review, project health check, project audit, project retrospective, project postmortem. But are they really the same? No, they are not.

A project audit is about being compliant and about the now. An audit aims to show the extent to which your project conforms to the required organizational and project standards. So, if your organization uses PRINCE2 or their own project management methodology, an audit will look at how closely you follow the processes. An audit can take place during or after the project.

A project retrospective, or postmortem, is about lessons learned so that your next projects will run better or equally well. A project retrospective will be done after the project, so has no use for the project itself.

A project review is all about the probability of project success. A project review will give you a good understanding of the current status of your project and how it is on track to deliver against your definition of project success on three levels:

1) Project delivery success: will the process of delivering the project be successful? Essentially this addresses the classic triangle "scope, time, budget".

2) Product or service success: this is about when the product or service to be delivered is deemed successful (e.g. system is used by all users in scope, uptime is 99.99%, customer satisfaction has increased by 25%, operational costs have decreased by 15%, etc.).

3) Business success: this is about how the product or service to be delivered brings value to the overall organization, and how it contributes financially and/or strategically to the business.

A project review can take place at any time during or after the project, although it has very limited value at the start of a project.

I have done project reviews for

PwC Zurich Insurance Helsana

What others are saying ...

I had the pleasure of meeting Henrico while working in a team of external developers for a big health insurance company. He came to the project as a Scrum coach and business analyst, and quickly and skillfully surfaced all sorts of problems in their processes. I was very impressed by his efficient communication skills and deep technological expertise, not to mention his down-to-earth personality and great sense of humour. Henrico also really gets what Agile is all about, and if you read his excellent blog you can see that he's constantly refining his understanding of it and keeps experimenting with new approaches, just like you're supposed to. I look forward to seeing Henrico again around the ICT scene in Zurich, and will definitely keep him in mind for any future projects. - Senior Software Engineer @ Panter AG
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