Getting the project off to a good start is important. The initiating process allows the project manager to quickly gain an understanding of the project by defining project objectives, scope, assumptions, constraints, and risk factors. It is also important at this time for the project manager to develop a relationship with the project sponsor and to discuss project management expectations. Even small projects have unique project management needs; for example, by determining stakeholder management needs, the project manager can ensure that all stakeholders are engaged at the appropriate time throughout the project. The initiation process provides accountability and allows organizational resources to be applied to the project. ...