The technical purpose of the work in this chapter is to
define the specific elements of the international project in terms of purpose,
scope, roles, issues, overall cost, and schedule. By doing this you can
determine the technical feasibility of carrying out the project.
The business purpose of
this chapter is to define the international project from a business view. This
is often very different from the technical view. Consider the project of
installing a system in multiple locations. The technical purpose is rather
straightforward. The business purpose is to achieve positive results through
change resulting from achieving the technical purpose.
The political purpose of this chapter is to get management
to agree on the project. But this is not just upper management. It is also
management at each location or within each business unit. Now sit back and
consider the three purposes. You can most easily define the project from a
technical view. However, if you achieve the technical objectives, there is
nothing to say that either the business or political objectives have been
achieved. Furthermore, if you achieve both the technical and business goals, you
can still fail because you did not get support for the project.
At this stage in the international project, everything is
included. There are no restrictions since you are trying to define the project.
Thus, it is wise to consider many options.