Projects can be initiated for any number of reasons, but they are normally a result of an expressed business need. At OIT, our senior leadership and directors determine which projects we undertake and when, often with input from university (and sometimes Duke Medicine) leadership.
- Identify stakeholders. Identify any individuals or groups within or outside of the organization that may be impacted by the project. When formulating the idea for the project, vet it (via a proposal; see below) with those stakeholders. Engaging stakeholders early and gaining consensus on the project objectives is a major project success factor.
- Develop a proposal. Articulating the organization’s business needs in a brief proposal helps decision-makers evaluate the need for the project and assign it a priority in relation to other projects.