CHAPTER17

Properly Defininga Project’s Initiation

“A new type of thinking is essential if mankindis to survive and move toward higher levels.”

—Albert Einstein, German Theoretical Physicist,New York Times, 1946

Before an initiative becomes a project, significant work has already been completed. The customer’s decision to justify its value over other initiatives indicates the initiatives have cleared a series of qualifying hurdles. The first is simply the decision to move forward with the project. This vetting process requires the resolve, passion, and determination of people in a business unit.

This process occurs long before the first phase of a project. It creates the seed for the project and provides input to the project team that will make ...

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