Project Brief Preparation Process

The Project Brief

The Project Brief is a critical milestone in your project – it sets out the objectives of the project, the methodology to be used to achieve those objectives, and the resources needed to complete the project. Most importantly it formally sets the deliverables to be provided to the client at the end of the project. The Project brief should ideally be finalised within 2-3 months of the start of the project – it’s importance is recognised in the fact that your first studentship payment will be released when the brief has been approved. Detailed instructions on the preparation of the brief are available in the Project Brief Template, as well as in the CEED Student Manual and CEED Induction slides which can be found here.

Project Brief Preparation and Approval Process

You should prepare a draft Project Brief (which should be complete and in a final form that could potentially be accepted), and forward it to your Mentors, Supervisors and the CEED Director for review. They will provide their feedback and required changes – and you will revise the brief and forward the revised brief for further review. This continues until all parties have indicated that the Project brief is acceptable.

Final Signature

Once ALL stakeholders have agreed that the draft is acceptable, you may go ahead and collect signatures (never collect any signatures until all parties have OK’d the brief). All parties ideally sign a single hard copy (if a stakeholder is unavoidably out of town, their signature may be added to a scanned version containing the other signatures and returned via e-mail). The final signed hard copy should then be delivered to the CEED office for the final signature (the CEED Director’s), scanning, filing and distribution.