Project Selection Aided by the Project Feasibility Gizmo

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Research was conducted that identified the critical attributes to classify projects and a Complexity Based Classification Framework resulted (Skulmoski & Hartman, 2008). The Framework is based on the complexity of both the project, and the external environment. One application of project classification is to assess project feasibility during the project selection process. A problem with lists of classification attributes is the user is seldom guided on how to apply the list to assess project feasibility. The aim of this paper is to describe research that was conducted to develop a tool based on these empirically derived attributes. Focus groups were used to verify attribute appropriateness and comprehensiveness, and to develop the feasibility instrument (Gizmo). The result was an easy to use tool to assess project feasibility. Users are presented with a one-page Gizmo where they rate the attributes based on feasibility using 4 item Likert scales on the front page. Unique continuum tail descriptors help guide users to assess feasibility. The rear page provides attribute definitions. Focus group users perceived that the Gizmo provides them with a better understanding of project feasibility and is useful in the project selection and planning process. It is discipline independent so that it can be used on most projects.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2008
EventThe 22nd International Project Management Association World Congress - Rome, Italy
Duration: 9 Nov 200811 Nov 2008
Conference number: 22nd


ConferenceThe 22nd International Project Management Association World Congress
Abbreviated titleIPMA


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