Project Readiness is a state of preparedness of a project to ensure that the project is ready for development and implementation as planned. It is based on thoroughness of the planning process, adequacy and training of project personnel, and availability and reserve of project resources, support services and systems.
Readiness of a project can be regarded as a qualitative measure that proves whether the project reaches effectiveness at the given point of the project lifecycle. If the project is really ready for further implementation, then it turns to be effective. It means that all activities are thoroughly planned, goals and objectives are clearly established, resources are fully supplied and available, teams are assembled and trained, and tools and systems are provided and ready for use.
In order for a project manager to ensure that the project is ready for further development and implementation, the following steps should be taken:
- Verify Statement of Work. SOW determines an amount of work (incl. tasks, goals, objectives) to be done by the project.
- Compose teams. Human resources will do tasks and activities defined by SOW.
- Make a schedule template. There should be a timeline that determines an estimated duration of the project.
- Design a kick-off meeting agenda. Finally, the project manager needs to have an agenda for conducting a kick-of meeting at which teams will be presented SOW and project timeline.