Project Approach Questionnaire

The PAQ helps identify and confirm the level of achievement of the ISFs (instrumental Success Factors) and to assess potential risk areas to be addressed.


Typically, the questionnaire should be completed during Feasibility and re-assessed as part of Foundations.



Ref Statement Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree Comments
1 The business driver behind the project is clearly stated and is visible to all members of the project team
2 The Business Sponsor and/or Business Visionary demonstrate clear ownership of the project
3 The Business Sponsor, Business Visionary and Technical Co-ordinator all understand and accept the Atern philosophy
4 The development has a clearly defined timescale
5 The requirements can be prioritised and there is flexibility to accept that not all requirements are 'Must Have' requirements
6 Requirements have been defined at a high level at the outset of the project and it is acknowledged that changes are likely during development of the detail
7 It is accepted that the detail of both requirements and the solution will emerge as the project progresses
8 The Business Sponsor and Business Visionary are awa re of the importance of active business involvement and have the willingness and authority to commit appropriate business resources to the project as required
9 The Business Ambassadors are sufficiently empowered to guide the day to day evolution of the solution
10 The Solution Developers are sufficiently empowered to provide the best solution they can from a business perspective within pre-agreed architectural constraints
11 Solution development resources are allocated at an appropriate level and the team be be largely stable throughout the project (or, at least, throughout each increment)
12 The Project Team and Solution Development Team are able to adopt to the roles and responsibilities within Atern
13 It will be possible for the Solution Developers to have easy access to Business Ambassadors and Business Advisors throughout the project
14 The Solution Development Team (including both business and development resources) will have the appropriate collective knowledge and/or technical skills to deliver the solution
15 The Solution Development Team (including both business and development resources) will have the appropriate soft skills (communication, negotiation, etc.) to work effectively with each other and those around them
16 Strategies for continuous communication and collaborative working practices are sufficient to clearly support iterative development of the solution
17 The development and technology tools and techniques support an iterative approach to solution development
18 There are no technical, contractual or other constraints to prevent the solution being broken into increments for development and delivery (even if the products of such increments are not deployed immediately)
19 All project participants understand and accept that on-time delivery of an acceptable solution is the primary measure of success for the project
20 All parties accept that continual assessment of the fitness for purpose of all deliverables during development is essential
21 There are no mandatory standards or practices in force that will work against the evolution of a solution from a baselined set of high level requirements

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