In this chapter, I describe the project start-up processes, explaining how to get the project initiated. Some people assume project start-up only occurs at the very start of the project, in the concept stage, but in reality the processes described in this chapter can take place at the start of any of the stages in the project life cycle, even in close out. You may want to conduct the start processes whenever there is a significant change in the project team, either in its composition or structure, or when you believe the project team's attention needs refocusing on the objectives of the stage ahead. In this chapter, I explain the need for the start-up processes, and describe the objectives and methods of start-up. I ...

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