Project Management Institute

Project success

definitions and measurement techniques

The concept of project success is a topic often discussed researchers and practitioners, yet rarely do these professionals agree on the factors that distinguish a successful project from a failed endeavor. This article examines a systematic approach to gauging project success, one that proposes a more generalized and more widely accessible system of measuring success. It identifies the major characteristics shared by all projects and discusses the criteria that practitioners and researchers have traditionally used to gauge project success. It then discusses the factors used for measuring successful project implementation--technical validity, organizational validity, organizational effectiveness-- and the impact that these factors have on determining a project's success.
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