Identify a project or programme

The purpose of this competency is to achieve the goals of the identification process, i.e. to:

  • develop an outline of the project or programme and assess whether is it likely to be justifiable;
  • determine what effort and investment is needed to define the work in detail;
  • gain the sponsor’s authorisation for the definition phase.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. perform initial requirements management
  2. identify and review lessons learned and prepare high level delivery plans
  3. assess whether the project or programme is justifiable
  4. decide whether to govern the work as a project or a programme
  5. plan the definition phase
  6. prepare and present the brief and definition plan to the sponsor
  7. assure the quality of the process

This process may well be omitted from some life cycles, usually where a client or a parent programme has already done the identification.

However, it is unlikely that any project or programme manager will not have to perform this process in some form or other during their career. Even though this competency may not be applicable in every context it is applicable to every manager.

Knowledge and understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the goals of the process
  2. the typical activities that make up the process
  3. the context of the work and its impact on the process
  4. how to apply the relevant functional procedures at an appropriate level of detail
  5. the difference between a project and a programme, and the circumstances in which either form of governance is applied
  6. the purpose and content of a brief and definition plan
  7. how assurance applies to the process



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21st June 2014

First instance of the word 'work' in the second goal changed to 'effort' to avoid confusion with the second instance.

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