The Project Assessment Workshop (PAW) is held at the beginning of the Start Up phase. Its aim is to refine and flesh out the initial project idea and bring greater clarity and wider ownership to it.
The Project Sponsor and the Project Manager should attend the PAW, but should also invite anyone who can help define and scope the project. There may be some obvious stakeholders such a:
It may also help to think more widely and perhaps invite the not so obvious stakeholders such as:
When you are ready to conduct your PAW, it is worth sending the Project Mandate to attendees prior to the meeting so that they have a good idea of what will be discussed.
There should be 5 major outputs from the PAW:
The final outcome of the PAW is to decide on the immediate next actions (including production of the first draft of the Business Case) and to put some timescales on them. This minimises the risk of the project losing momentum early on.
The next few sections discuss these outcomes in more depth. The first of these is the Project Assessment Matrix.