If asked to name one step that is crucial for the success of project execution, the answer would have to be a well-executed software project initiation. A software project that begins well has a much greater probability of being successful than a software project that begins poorly. Why is this statement true rather than merely being a truism? Because beginning well is far more than just being the most obvious best situation — beginning well is vitally important. Why? Because certain mistakes that are committed during the initiation of a project do not lend themselves ...