Anyone who plans on working in project management needs to understand project deliverables, including what they are and why they’re important. Below, we break down the main types in project management and some examples.

Project Deliverables

  1. What Are Project Deliverables?
  2. What Are the Types of Project Deliverables?
  3. Using a Template Can Help You Define and Track Work Packages
  4. Project Package Examples

What Are Project Deliverables?

Put simply, a deliverable is a result or outcome of a project (or for agile, a single iteration of a project). Based on stakeholder requirements, deliverables are portions of the entire result (called work packages), or the entire product or service you were tasked with delivering from the project stakeholders. By knowing exactly what your product and interim work packages need to be, you can plan and execute a project more effectively. Then, once interim and final expected outcomes have been accepted, and it has been determined that they meet the clients’ needs and the project’s objectives, the project will be considered complete. It’s critical that you’re clear about work packages and what they should accomplish.

What Are Types of Project Deliverables?

We’ve seen that deliverables can be interim or complete. They can also be external or internal to the project. An example of an external deliverable is a product or service to be sold to the client. So, it’s an outcome that the client requested. On the other hand, an internal work package is something you can use to keep your team on track toward completing a project. So, it isn’t something that you’ll need to give to the client once the project is finished. A documented plan that you need before you can start working on a project’s work packages is an example. Also, a work package could be big or small, and it could be intangible or tangible. An example of a tangible deliverable is an actual product that customers use, while an intangible deliverable might be a better trained team. Bottom line: a deliverable could be anything from a document to a product that all of your stakeholders agree upon. No matter what, it should fit within the objectives and scope of the project, and it should be defined and clear.

Using a Template Can Help You Define and Track Work Packages

When defining project deliverables and checking that you’re on the right path toward meeting your client’s needs, consider using a work package template, as this can help with things like tracking milestones as well. You can choose from various templates. For example, your template can be set up in a spreadsheet, and it could include the following fields:
  1. Project info (e.g., name of project, manager, team members, start date, status, and end date)
  2. Milestones, objectives, and tasks progress
  3. Deliverable info (e.g., work package name and description, individuals assigned to it, start date, status, and end date)

Project Work Package Examples

Still need some clarification on what project work packages are? Here are some examples: If you’re working in the construction industry, the product might be a new piece of real estate. On the other hand, if you’re working for a business that creates consumer products you might deliver a prototype of a new product that will meet customer demands. Or, if you’re working in IT, you might need to deliver new software, apps or updates to existing software. Work packages might also take the form of documents such as a presentation, an analysis report, a whitepaper, or an eBook.  

Want to Learn More About Project Deliverables?

Overall, work packages and a final end product will be based on the type of client you’re working for and the goal that needs to be met for that client. Work packages lead to the final outcome – the completed product or service. If you’d like to learn more about how to meet the requirements set by stakeholders, and how to work more effectively and efficiently as a project manager, the courses we offer at RMC can help. Whether you want to take one of our many skills classes to hone in on a particular area of project management that you’d like to strengthen, or you want to work toward a project management certification, like a CAPM or PMP, we’ve got you covered. Sources: