About Constraints

What are Constraints?

A Constraint is a limitation or restriction that is placed on the project, for example, the project budget is limited to £20,000.

Project on Demand provides a Constraint management solution that facilitates Constraint recording, categorisation and review management.

How should they be used?

The Constraint management process within Project on Demand is as follows:

Project Management Process Step Action within Project on Demand
1 Identify and record the Constraint. Create a new Constraint.
2 Assign ownership of the Constraint. Set the Owner.
3 Perform a risk assessment to establish what effect the constraint has on the project. Set the Category and Review Date.
4 Monitor the Constraint and perform periodic reviews. Monitor Dashboard / Constraint Management for any overdue Constraint reviews.
5 Validate the Constraint. Set Status to Resolved.

Constraint Properties

Name Description Possible Values
ID Unique Constraint reference number. Number - Generated by the application.
Description Full description of the Constraint. Text.
Identified By The person who identified the Constraint. User with Project access or text.
Identified Date The date the Constraint was identified. Autogenerated to date of creation but fully customisable.
Category Used to group Constraints with shared characteristics. Time, Custom, Budget, Quality or Resource.
Implications The impact on the project of the constraint. Text.
Owner The person who has been assigned ownership of the Constraint. User with Project access or text.
Review Date The next scheduled review date. Autogenerated to date of creation but fully customisable.
Status The current state of the Constraint. Open or Closed.

Concurrency Control

Constraints implement optimistic concurrency control.