Use a Simple Service Request Process for Small Projects

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In a small project, there is usually not a lot of effort associated with formally defining the work. However, some definition work still needs to be done. The result of this short definition is a one-to-two page document called a Service Request.

The following Service Request process can be used.

It is a combination of project management and portfolio management.

Use a Simple Service Request Process for Small Projects

  1. Submit the Service Request

    The customer completes a simple Service Request form that documents the work requested.

    Even though the work may be small, the Service Request serves as the formal document describing the work to be done and contains the appropriate approvals.

  2. Review and clarify

    The resource manager reviews the Service Request to ensure that the work is understood.

    The resource manager asks questions to clarify what is being requested.

    The resource manager must also understand the criticality of the request and whether any prerequisite work needs to be completed first.

  3. Prepare a high-level estimate of effort, cost and duration

    The resource manager (or a team member) estimates the effort hours, cost and duration.

    This information is added to the Service Request.

    It is possible that once the customer sees the estimated effort, he may change his mind regarding the overall benefit and priority.

  4. Assign the request or move it to a backlog

    The resource manager and customer evaluate the request against the other work that is assigned.

    They also review the available capacity and skills on the team to determine if the work can be started immediately.

    If the required resources are not available, or if the work is of lower priority than other Service Requests, the new request is placed on a backlog list.

    The backlog contains all work that has been requested, estimated and prioritized, but is not assigned to begin yet.

  5. Periodically review the backlogged work

    The resource manager and customer review the backlog on a regular basis.

    During this review, requests on the backlog should be reprioritized, taking into account new Service Requests, completed Service Requests and the current realities.

    When the priority of a Service Request is high enough and the right resources are available, the work can be assigned to begin.

  6. (When assigned) Validate the initial information on the Service Request

    When the work is assigned to a team member, the person doing the work should validate that the information on the Service Request is correct and that the estimates are accurate.

    If they are not, the new information should be documented and discussed immediately to see if it will have an impact on the priority.

  7. The small project is ready to begin executing.

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