I’ve refined the descripion of my project slightly and added a risk analysis.
The study involves –
- Carrying out a comparative survey of web-based project management and collaborative tools, and identifying different categories of tool based on their functions.
- Interviewing/surveying project managers and members of project teams about their needs and priorities, to identify which collaborative activities would benefit most from the use of web-based tools, and what criteria they would apply in deciding which to use (for example functions, cost, security, ease of use.)
|Description of Risk||Probability||Impact||Response|
|Scope of study too large for the timescale. An unmanageable number of web-based project management and collaborative tools is identified.||High||High||Reduce impact – Carry out the study on a subset of the tools|
|Shortage of data from project managers and teams. Unable to persuade an adequate number to participate in the study.||Medium||Medium||Reduce probability – Carry out a wider survey (for example, try LinkedIn project management groups.)|
|Planning issues. Insufficient time left in project to complete certain key tasks (for example analysis, writing up.)||Medium||High||Reduce probability – Create project plan|
|A participant in the interviews or the survey has an issue with data protection.||Very Low||High||Reduce probability – Follow best practice on anonymity and informed consent.|
|Dispute with a software company over accuracy of the information about one of the tools covered in the study.||Very Low||High||Reduce probability – Display a disclaimer including details of who to contact if any information is inaccurate.|