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Project Brief - Template



Introduction Brief outline of any background to Project / (business / political) context. Include brief outline of rationale, who commissioned by, drivers etc. Where does it fit within wider Detc

Aim/Vision Brief description of the Aim or Vision of the Project (where appropriate link to Programme strategic vision)

Outcomes Brief description of all key Project-level outcomes which will be / are required to achieve the aim / vision Also statement of key benefits expected?

Scope: What is in the scope of the Project? What is not in the scope of the Project?

Objectives, Outputs & Targets: What Objectives, Outputs and Targets will this Project deliver include list key Deliverables and products (with date/s)?

Project Success Criteria By what / what criteria will allow us to confirm that the Project has delivered all of its Objectives, Outputs etc, etc i.e. link to measures of achievement of objectives, outputs & targets?

Key Assumptions

Include details of any key Project-level assumptions made during


1. For ease of use, the completed document should ideally be less thanc.7-8 pages,
but certainly no more than 10 (excluding Annexes).

2. Template is based upon public sector experience of Department for Education

and Skills

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planning / on which plans etc are based State level of confidence

Constraints Include any know difficulties / constraints (e.g. legislative compliance issues etc) that Project may well be liable to.

External Factors Brief descriptions as to what external factors (e.g. further Machinery of Government (MOG) changes / Government reform, No.10 scrutiny, Spending Reviews, Efficiency Review etc) that may impact on Project scope etc Also assess how and what you are doing may impact on externals?

Work Strands & Priorities: What are the key work strands, within the Project and who owns them? What are the priorities for each?

(Inter)dependencies Are there potential overlaps with other Delivery Programmes (or constituent Sub-Programmes or Projects) where ownership or issues etc needs to be clear? Are there any interdependencies with i.e. what to we need from others / what do they want from this Project again need to identify who owns etc: o Other organisation Projects and/or Programmes etc o NDPBs and/or other Departments / external Programmes or Projects? Key Milestone Dates: What are the key Milestone Dates that need to be tracked? (detailed Project milestone (and task) plan should be attached as Annex various formats can be used ranging from simple MS Word / Excel tables to more complex/pictorial MS Power Point Peas & Pods or MS Project GANTT chart/s)

Key Risks: What are the key risks to the Project? - these should be attached (as an Annex) as a register and should include details of identified /developed countermeasure/s and any developed contingency plans
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(latter may well be developed as separate detailed contingency plan) Include short description of how risks to be managed and any escalation (to sub Programme/Programme -level etc) routes / lines Include review of assumptions i.e. what happens if assumptions proved wrong?

Key Issues: What are the live Project issues? These are problems which are an issue now and need fixing. (Detailed issues register should be attached as an Annex) Again include short description of how to be managed / escalation lines etc

Structure (i.e. Governance & Accountabilities) Detail how Project to be structured / governed i.e. by Project Board (include details (as Annexes) of constitution /membership; Structure; Terms of Reference; reporting formats and cycle/s; include details of meetings on Project plan as management milestones) Attach Project organisation /structure diagram as Annex (include contact details of key roles i.e. SRO, Project (and appropriate) Support) Manager and key Project / partner leads). If Project fits within larger Programme then outline fit into wider Programme structure Detail / name including where from in DfES / other organisation: o Project SRO o (if appropriate) Project Director o Project and Support Managers (& Deputy/ies) o Strand Managers (if any) Resources Funding o Brief description / outline as to how Project is to be funded over its life etc (simple table showing FY allocation/s may suffice) Staff o I.e. who? what they are doing? are they Full Time Equivalent (FTE) or Part Time (P/T) etc? o Include skills / use consultants etc
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Other i.e. ICT or accommodation etc

Stakeholders Who are the Projects key stakeholders / delivery partners (and are they internal to your organisation or external e.g. other NDPBs, Government Departments, Local Authorities, Commercial Partners et al)? Also indicate / assess level of interest? Identify key stakeholders. (Suggest construct stakeholder map - including key named contacts and attach as Annex.) How will they be managed / kept in the loop / consulted (links to Communications see below)

Communications Brief details of how Project-level communications are to be run / operate etc i.e. who, what, who? (may be complimented as more detailed/separate Project Communications Plan / Strategy document (if required/not covered by strategic Programme-level plan etc).

Quality Brief description as to quality management / assurance i.e. importance and how to check etc? Evaluation plan

Current Status of Project and Plans: How far have you got with setting up your Project arrangements and creating plans?

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Annexes: A B C D Project (Milestone / Task) Plan Project Risk Register Project Issues Register Project Organisation

Document Revision History Version

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Comments / Record of Sign-Off (by who)

Issue Date

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