Hard Project, Soft Project

Posted on January 14, 2010 by


A hard project may be easy! A hard project is one whose outcome is a clearly defined physical product, whereas a soft project’s outcome is not. If Sam’s project is to make his father a batch of brownies, it is a hard project since it has a clearly defined physical deliverable. However if Sam’s project is to teach his father how to make a good batch of brownies, it is a soft project since its deliverable is intangible. The fourth-edition PMBOK®’s definition of a project is “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a product, service, or result.” This edition has expanded the definition of a project by adding “result” which now better represents soft projects as well as hard projects.