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PRINCE2 Scope and Feasibility study

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:02 am    Post subject: PRINCE2 Scope and Feasibility study Reply with quote

Hi,

In PRINCE2 documentation I couldn't find any subject about feasibility study.
Does PRINCE2 cover feasibility study? Does Completion of PID means completion of feasibility study?

Any guide would be appreciate.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The feasibility study is not defined in PRINCE2. Depending on the nature of effort, it may be a pre-project activity.

However, risks associated with feasibility are identified in SU4 "Preparing a Project Brief" and are included in the Project Brief.

The Project Brief is an input into the next sub-process, SU5 "Defining Project Approach". In SU5 you will evaluate the different approaches (make, build, buy, etc.) against criteria that you determine with your specialist knowledge. Implementation risk is usually one of the criteria you examine.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:11 am    Post subject: Feasibility study Reply with quote

I actually have the same question as Amir, because although the manual mentions using PRINCE2 as a feasibility study in the first few pages, it goes no further.

Greg's answer implies that the Project Approach would be the end point to using PRINCE2 as a feasibility study (if I understand correctly), I assume with the approach decided upon being the recommendation from several options.

Any other advice would be appreciated.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris,

At my last company we used the first stage after IP for the Requirements Analysis. I don't necessarily agree with this approach--you can spend a lot of time on your PID during IP, only to make a lot of revisions after RA. However, that is the method.

RA is considered a specialist stage that follows IP, and your feasibility study would be treated the same way. Depending on the size of the project, your project stages might be:

SU --> IP --> Feasibility --> Design --> Development --> Testing / Deployment --> CP

Seven stages, of which 4 are specialist stages. You update your project plan at each stage boundary, so your project plan may require a great deal of modifications from IP to feasibility. Or you may decide the project is unfeasible, and you cancel the project after feasibility.

Alternatively, the project itself may be a feasibility study for a larger project. In that case, your stages will flow like:

SU --> IP --> Feasibility --> CP

There will be a single specialist stage. PRINCE2 (out of the box) imposes a lot of overhead for such a small project, which is why PRINCE2 should be scaled to meet the requirements of the project. The book PRINCE2 revealed helps make tradeoffs with the method.

Greg
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks much for the suggestions Greg. I'll talk it over with my guys. We (12 of us from the technical division) just finished the Foundation and Practitioner course last week and we obviously need a little time to get into the PRINCE2 groove. Smile
I appreciate your time.
Chris
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