For newbies or as a reminder to those with more experience, how-to basic tools in running a gap analysis for your projects, plans and strategies.
Excerpt: While this article illustrates a very simple use of Gap Analysis, this approach can be very extensive and complex, for example, when it is used to identify software modifications needed as part of IT projects. Don’t underestimate how much work your Gap Analysis may involve!
Gap Analysis compares your current situation with the future state that you want to achieve once your project is complete. By conducting a Gap Analysis, you can identify what you need to do to “bridge the gap” and make your project a success. You can use Gap Analysis at any stage of a project to analyze your progress, but it’s most useful at the beginning.
To carry out a Gap Analysis, first identify your project’s objectives – this is your “future state.” Then analyze your current situation, making sure that you gather information from the right sources.
Finally, identify how you’ll bridge the gap between your current situation and the desired future state.
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