The Golden Middle Path - a blog by Amit K Mathur

Heilmeier Catechism

If you are a project manager or even a startup founder contemplating a new project, answering these basic questions, called Heilmeier Catechism, can form the backbone of your project proposal.

  1. What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon. What is the problem? Why is it hard?
  2. How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
  3. What’s new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
  4. Who cares?
  5. If you’re successful, what difference will it make? What impact will success have? How will it be measured?
  6. What are the risks and the payoffs?
  7. How much will it cost?
  8. How long will it take?
  9. What are the midterm and final “exams” to check for success? How will progress be measured?

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