Project Definition - Mission Statement


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Screenshot Advice for constructing a project objective or mission statement.


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What this is

Advice for constructing a project objective or mission statement. Use the mission statement as the summary of a high-level project vision or objective document.


Why it's useful

A short, well-crafted message focuses everyone on the critical project objectives and aligns everyone's work to the same goals. A compelling Mission Statement helps build commitment to the project across diverse backgrounds and interests. It expresses the driving need of the project's customer, the value the project will bring to the company, and the critical project parameters to achieve both those goals. The Project Mission Statement provides clarity and focus for the project team.


How to use it

  • Create a first draft of the statement during the Concept/Initiation phase of your project. As soon as someone has come up with a project idea, if the idea has business merit, it should be easy to come up with a first try at a Mission Statement.
  • Brainstorm the creation of a project objective or mission statement with a cross-section of project stakeholders and team members, including your project sponsor.
  • Keep the mission statement handy as the team works to define project scope. Those efforts should refer back to the mission statement. Are we defining scope that will fulfill the mission? Or are scope issues coming up that show we need to adjust the mission statement?
  • As new team members come on board, make sure they read the mission statement and understand the project's focus and goals.
  • Refine the mission statement as scope, time, and cost decisions are made during the Investigation and Planning phases.
  • Finalize it at the end of the Planning phase as the detailed project definition is decided.
  • Whether you keep it as a standalone statement, or fold it into your Vision, Statement of Work, or Charter document, refer to the Mission statement throughout the project, especially at key reviews. Is the project still on track to deliver what the mission statement promised?

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