In This Chapter
Making sure that the Idea is workable
Checking the content of the Recommendation
Checking out the Outline Charter
Being sure that you’re ready to roll with the project
Before you get deep into the full planning of your project, it pays to be sure the overall idea is viable and that it looks like it is worth pursuing. Even if the project is mandatory and so must be done, it will pay you to get a high-level view of what it’s all about before you plunge into the detail, and that includes getting an idea about costs, staff resource, risk and timescales.
In his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, published by Simon and Schuster, Steven Covey has as his second habit:
Begin with the end in mind.
Covey’s advice is sensible when it comes to projects as well as general effectiveness, and too many projects get started without being clear or agreed on the objectives or what the project is going to deliver; both of those are considered in Kick Off. However his example of the second habit is especially relevant and that is, before ...