You’d be surprised by the amounts of projects that fail from the simple miscommunication of not being able to clearly understand the requirements set by stakeholders. No matter what size of the project, without being able to fully understand the purpose, goals, and needs of a project, the project manager is not able to make the decisions necessary to keep the project on track and successful. Stakeholders can often be vague about requirements or sometimes are not fully clear on the true purpose and requirements for the project themselves, but it is your role as a project manager to ask the right questions to the right people to define clear project requirements.
We’ve experienced the frustration of managing a project without clear requirements too many times to make the mistake again and want to share our lessons learned and recommendations.
Managing a project is much more than a “to-do” list, it's essential to work with stakeholders prior to planning the project to define, analyze and prioritize requirements and then set up a tracking system to assure all milestones are being met.