Project Approach Questionnaire (PAQ)

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The Project Approach Questionnaire (PAQ)

  • This checklist can be used to identify and confirm the level of achievement of all factors and to assess potential risk areas to be addressed.
  • Normally this PAQ questionnaire should be completed during Feasibility and re-assessed as part of Foundations.
  • The Project Approach Questionnaire provides a series of questions, the responses to which, from key project participants and stakeholders, will influence the overall project approach.
  • This is normally filled in by the Project Manager


Project Approach Questionnaire (PAQ)
Project: Name:
Date: Position:
Ref Statement Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
1 All members of the project understand and accept the DSDM approach (Philosophy, Principles and Practices)
2 The Business Sponsor and the Business Visionary demonstrate clear and proactive ownership of the project.
3 The business vision driving the project is clearly stated and understood by all members of the project team
4 All project participants understand and accept that on-time delivery of an acceptable solution is the primary measure of success for the project
5 The requirements can be prioritised and there is confidence that cost and time commitments can be met by flexing the scope of what's delivered.
6 All members of the project team accept that requirements should only be defined at a high level in the early phases of the project and that detail will emerge as development progresses.
7 All members of the project team accept that change in requirements is inevitable and that it is only by embracing change that the right solution will be delivered.
8 The Business Sponsor and Business Visionary understand that active business involvement is essential and have the willingness and authority to commit appropriate business resources to the project.
9 It is possible for the business and solution development members of the Solution Development Team to work collaboratively throughout the project.
10 Empowerment of all members of the Solution Development Teaam is appropriate and sufficient to support the day-to-day decision-making needed to rapidly evolve the solution in short, focussed Timeboxes
11 The DSDM roles and responsibilities are appropriately allocated and all role holders understand and accept the responsibilities associated with their role.
12 The Solution Development team has the appropriate collective knowledge and skills (soft skills and technical skills) to collaboratively evolve an optimal business solution.
13 Solution Development Team members are allocated to the project at an appropriate and consistent level sufficient to fully support the DSDM timeboxing practice
14 Tools and collaborative working practices within the Solution Development Team are sufficient to allow effective Iterative Development of the solution.
15 All necessary review and testing activity is fully integrated within the Iterative Development practice.
16 Project progress is measured primarily through the incremental, demonstrable delivery of business value.
17 There are no mandatory standards or other constraints in place that will prevent the application of the DSDM Philosophy and Practices on this project.
General comments on suitability or risk associated with the DSDM approach :