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What are Project Deliverables in Project Management?

What Are Project Deliverables?

Projects create deliverables that are actually the results of the project or the project processes. That means that a deliverable may be anything as big as the project objective itself or the reporting that is part of the larger project.

Another way to put it is that in every kind of project there are inputs and outputs. That’s what you put into the project, like data, money, etc., and then what’s coming out of it, which are the deliverables. Again, these deliverables can be a product or service and the documentation that is part of the closure of the project can also indicate that the project is complete and everything has been signed off.

A Project Deliverable is a product or service that a project creates for its customer, customer, or sponsor of a project. It is the good or service delivered to its stakeholders by the Project.

Why are Project Deliverables important?

A project is an activity designed to produce a single product or service. It has a fixed length. The project is temporary. Therefore, regular, repetitive activities will not shape a project. P.e.g. Building a stadium for football is a project. Building it can take six months to a year. The project output (The Stadium of Football) will remain there indefinitely. Stadium maintenance would be a routine activity, and would not be listed as a project.

Project Management aims to accomplish the goals of the research under the three constraints. Including scope, time , cost and quality.

A deliverable is a tangible or intangible good or service created as a consequence of a project intended to be delivered. A project may be a report, a document, a software product, a server update or some other building block of a project. It can also be called something definite or specific produced as a result of the work done during the project. Every deliverable must meet a couple of criteria.

Classification of Project Deliverables

  1. External or Internal
  2. Tangible or Intangible
  3. Big or Small

Internal vs External Deliverables

A common way to categorise deliverables is to divide them into deliverables that are “external” and “internal.” There’s a clear way to describe them:

  1. Any work was done that isn’t a part of doing business with clients or customers is an internal deliverable
  2. Any work done to fulfill a client’s demands or to win more business is an external deliverable

Tangible or Intangible Deliverable

A deliverable such as a football ground, a factory, may be tangible. Often you need to prepare so the resources will work on the project. So, you might have a project to educate the staff. It would be intangible.

Big or Small Deliverable

Big or small may be classified by the client. So, that would be dependent on the need. There are no clear guidelines for that. For another project/customer, something small for one project/customer can be big.

See Also

WBS Dictionary

CPI Project Management