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Conclusion

It is very easy to get confused, even if you think you understand what is going on in a very simple project. The Mondale quotation at the beginning of this chapter is a useful reminder that the basic purpose of the define phase is not complete understanding of the project. The define phase is just a starting point for defining and developing understanding. It can provide useful descriptive material for a range of purposes, including a useful ‘executive summary’ of what a project involves. However, its basic purpose is not a definitive description in the usual sense of ‘definitive’. The basic purpose of the define phase is getting ready to ask the right questions. Providing all the relevant answers is part of the role of the final pass of the evaluate phase of the PUMP, after considerable interim effort concerned with posing the right questions.


  

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