Chapter 3: Initiating projects with Microsoft Project
The initiating stage of a project, which is also the first stage, is when you define the whole new project to be executed. Initiation is a crucial stage where the project objectives – that is, the big picture – is established with all the people involved. It is also a politically and strategically important stage as you will have to seek the support and resources you require to undertake your project.
Centuries ago, when Christopher Columbus sought to undertake an ambitious project to discover new frontiers by sea, he initiated the project by seeking money and ships from Queen Isabella of Castile. In return, the objectives of the project were aligned to profit the project sponsors.