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There are probably as many answers to this question as there are people who have worked on a project, funded a project, or been the benefactors (or victims) of a project. Your comments welcome; please indicate the viewpoint you are responding from – team member, sponsor, benefactor/victim. Here are a few to start.

  • completes on time, on budget, as scoped.
  • the project is over and everyone wants to work together again.
  • may not be on time, on budget, as scoped, and the customer is delighted.
  • a positive work reference from the project sponsor and/or the project manager.
  • benefits to the business are realized. This may take a while.
  • the customer is willing to serve as a reference account.
  • success criteria documented in the project charter is realized.
  • the handover to the Operational team is a smooth transition.

What do you think – what makes a project successful?

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