The purpose of this competency is to achieve the goals of the definition process, i.e. to:
- develop a detailed picture of the project or programme;
- determine whether the work is justified;
- describe governance policies that describe how the work will be managed;
- gain the sponsor’s authorisation for the delivery phase.
You must be able to:
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This process can range from a simple exercise performed predominantly by a project manager to, in effect, a project in its own right.
These performance criteria are relevant to any scale of work and the competency can be tailored to suit a manager preparing a short document for approval to a team doing extensive research, testing prototypes and managing a complex approval procedure.
The principles also apply to contexts that approach scope in a different way. Agile projects may not require such detailed scope definition at the start of the work but they still need some clear objectives and documented plans – albeit in the agile form.
The knowledge of relevant functions refers to areas such as diverse as requirements management, risk management, financial management, organisation management, mobilisation and so on, since they can all have a role in this process.
Knowledge and understanding
You need to know and understand: