A deliverable is a term used in project management to describe a tangible or intangible product or service produced as a result of a project that is intended to be delivered to either an internal or an external customer.
A deliverable is an element of output within the scope of a project. It can be something as big as the objective of the project itself or the reporting that is part of a larger project. There can be one or several deliverables within a single project.
A distinction between project and product deliverables can be made.
Project deliverables are such outputs as the project plans, project reports, design document, training programs, and other assets that are required by the project plan.
Product deliverables, on the other hand, could be hardware, software, mobile applications, contracts, or even test assessment results.
Thus, deliverables will vary depending on industry, project nature, project size, company strategy, and lots of other variables. They will also come in all shapes and sizes.
However, Project deliverables must meet specific criteria. They must:
Be within a project’s scope
Be agreed on by all stakeholders
Be deliberately created
Actively work towards accomplishing a project
Define Project Deliverables – Project deliverables are listed while defining the Project scope. The Project Team prepares the list of deliverables to meet customer satisfactions.
Set Specific Standards – Make sure that the desired end result is understood by all participants and that deliverables are completed to the standard they should be. Deliverables must be tangible and measurable as they will have to meet the required specifications and be approved by the customer.
Schedule Appropriately – Assign each Project Deliverable a Due Date and Owner. If necessary attach Deliverables to Milestones. However, Deliverables and Milestones must not be confused. Indeed a milestone is a measurement of progress toward an output whereas the deliverable is the result of a process.Example
A milestone can be the completion of the product design while the deliverable might be the technical diagram.
Track Progress – Once the plan has been set in motion, it is important to constantly monitor progress to be sure that due dates and quality standards are met.
The relationships available for Deliverables are as follows:
The Deliverable can be attached to another object, allowing the user to associate some or all of the elements they respectively share with each other.
Actions (1-N), Backlog Items (N-N), and Attachments (1-N) can be Attached to Deliverables.
Those connections can be created and deleted without any consequences.
A Deliverable can have connections with other Deliverables (1-N).