Consider this scenario: the work on the pilot phase of your company's enterprise data management (EDM) project is complete, and you are almost ready to roll it out to its hungry audience. Now would not be the time to find out that there is no assessment methodology or plan in place to assess whether the pilot phase is on the right track. Nobody would do that, right?

Well, yes they would. You'd be amazed at how many people tell me that, while their companies have overall project assessment methodologies, they don't have an assessment plan in place for the pilot phase. I find this startling because the pilot phase is where a comprehensive assessment would really make a difference. In the pilot phase, there is still time to discover any problems and fix them before work begins on the enterprise portion of the EDM project.

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