Constraints are any limitations to solution options that have been imposed on a project. It is important to know these early on so time is not wasted pursuing these options. Here are some examples:
- The solution must work with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 as that is the company standard
- The solution must be an Oracle product for seamless integration with our other Enterprise systems
- The new department we are adding as a result of this project must fit into this 30′ x 50′ area
When project constraints are uncovered, be sure to understand the reason why. It is possible the constraint could be removed. I was involved with a project where the service provider was preselected but without looking at the competition. I convinced my business partners to conduct formal “Request for Proposal’s” with the leading competition and the result was a different provider was selected.
Constraints are included in the Project Charter so that the Sponsor and Core Project Team understand and agree.