Project Management and Auditing

What is a project?

Dragon1 defines a project as follows: A project is a time-bounded temporary organization focused on realizing a predefined goal.

If a project runs for longer the 9 months, the risks of not reaching the predefined goal is becoming greater and greater.

From Strategy to Project

Every organization has a strategy, either explicit or implicit. This strategy contains a group of goals and objectives. Some of these goals and objectives can be realized by working hard using the current business model and company structure. But some goals and objectives can only be realized when the business model is changed, or other aspects of the company structure, like the IT.

To do this change, it is best practice to start-up a project. In other words: every project that you start-up in an organization MUST be able to be connected to a business goal or busines objective.

Documenting a Project

In order to manage and do governance on projects it is a best practice to define, describe and document certain aspects of a project.

A list of documents that are often created as part of a Project are:

  • Project Dossier
  • Statement of Work
  • Business Case
  • Program of Requirements
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Project definition document
  • Total concept design sketch
  • Organogram
  • Design assignment
  • Context model
  • Stakeholder onion model
  • Landscape map
  • Solution design
  • Blueprint
  • Roadmap
  • Gantt Chart
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Functional model
  • Requirements overview
  • Issues list
  • Design decisions list
  • FAQ list
  • Project charter
  • Test plan
  • Implementation plan
  • Acceptance Criteria

The Dragon1 method provides checklists, templates and examples for all these documents.

Visualize Projects with a Project Landscape Map

All the items listed above and the item in the Dragon1 IT Project Auditing Checklist together can be visualized as a consistent whole. That diagram we call the Project Landscape Map. It is with that map you can manage your project successfully.

Read more about the project landscape map

Read the blog about visualizing your project on Dragon1 with a Project Landscape Map using the checklist

Dragon1 IT Project Auditing Checklist

Download the checklist and ensure every IT Project is successful

You can download the official IT Project auditing document:
Dragon1 IT Project Auditing Checklist
Dragon1 IT Project Auditing Checklist NL (Dutch Version)

Dragon1 has more checklists for you that are part of the open EA Method.

How to use the checklist

Read the blog about how to use the checklist in a smart way.

Dutch article on IT Projects under control:ICT Projecten onder controle met dragon1 een tool als oplossing