The formal definition of the term project deliverables is: any unique and verifiable product, result, or capability needed to perform a service that is required to be produced to complete project.
In simpler terms, project deliverables are what have to be produced from a project to meet the project objectives and stakeholders’ expectations. They are either the end result or, in support of the end result. Also they consume time and cost to be produced.
Identifying ALL the project deliverables up front during the initial planning phase of a project is paramount. From the list of deliverables the project management leader can create a work breakdown structure and a network diagram. This helps the project manager estimate the total time and cost for the project. If a required deliverable is not identified up front in the planning phase and then discovered later, the project is destined to finish late and over budget. There is no way around this. To successfully deliver a project, ALL the deliverables need to be identified up front.
Now you know what project deliverables are and why they are so important to project management and ultimately project success.
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