Defining the Project
Who is responsible for what? Who has authority? What are our goals? How do we communicate? In most organizations, these questions were answered long ago; the unique nature of projects, however, means that all of these questions have to be addressed each time a project begins. How they are answered will constitute the rules of the game, and all those involved in the project—the stakeholders—have to agree on these project rules.
The rules define the project, and this structure of rules then provides the foundation for the next two stages of the project: planning and control. Chapters 3 and 4 look at the roles played by the various stakeholders and the steps necessary to bring all of them to agreement on the definition and direction of the project.