Tailor, in project management, is the act of choosing the process, related inputs and outputs of the project carefully to determine the subset of the processes to be included in the management approach of the project.
It also involves adapting the specifications and requirements of the project to the current needs of the operation. To tailor a project, reviewing, modifying and supplementing the project data is usually done. This project management process ensures that the project is performed in accordance to the requirements of the organization.
This process is intended to aid the project management team in planning, controlling and governing the use of the project and deliverables appropriately so that the project team can work in the project deployment.
Examples of tailoring that are common in project management include the addition and removal of tasks and work products, changing milestones and their state of completion, responsibilities for review and approval and detailed procedures for performing measurements and managing requirements.
Once the process tailoring is completed, deployment usually follows. However, the deployment may vary depending on the degree of the changes made. For instance, if the changes are minor, simple briefing may be needed to the affected stakeholders. Big changes, on the other hand, requires the entire workshop’s team familiarized with the processes.
This term is defined in the 5th edition of the PMBOK.