Project initiation is the conceptual element of project management. This section describes the basic processes that must be performed to get a project started. Accordingly, the purpose of the Project Initiation Phase is to specify what the project should accomplish. The caution in specifying this purpose is that if the customer's needs are inadequately articulated, then poorly formulated goals and objectives will stand out as a significant source of concern. A high-level discussion on phase deliverables is contained in this section as well. In addition, the high-level barriers, potential problems, and roles and responsibilities of project initiation are summarized.
Sections within the Project Initiation phase include:
Project Concept Document
( Identification of the business problem / business needs; Overview of the project approach and product description; Identification of potential and recommended solutions)
( Identification of project benefits, costs and funding)
( Identification of the purpose and objectives of the project; Development of project scope; Identification of project authority and roles & responsibilities)
Moving to the Planning Phase
Information Technology Components for Project Initiation