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Project Manager Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to PMP® Skills, Second Edition by Terri Wagner, Linda Kretz Zaval

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Phase 1

Initiating Process

Workers may think that projects are launched on nothing more than a grab out of thin air. Some feel that “sweetheart deals” are made before the project is cost justified. Others use sophisticated feasibility analysis as well as business cases to determine whether a project should be launched.

Regardless of how your project is approved, at some point trusted and experienced project managers may have to challenge the rationale of senior managers before placing the project into the portfolio or moving on to the next phase. Let’s face it: These senior managers don’t always have all the information that we project managers may have. We do this based on data and facts. Emotions have no place here.

For example, some project ...

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