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Project Management Process – Phase 1 – Initiating Overview (#1 in the Hut Project Management Process)
By John Filicetti

The first phase of the Consistent Project Management Process is Initiating, which is committing the organization’s resources to a project or projects.

The purpose of this phase for internal projects is to:

  • Identify all project alternatives
  • Present the concept and justification for each proposed project
  • Select the projects to proceed with
  • Identify project sponsor, project manager, and project planning team
  • Announce the start of the project to the company

The purpose of this phase for external or consulting projects is to:

  • Identify project sponsor, project manager, and project planning team
  • Announce the start of the project to the company and the client’s company.

This phase is important because it lays the groundwork for the remaining project phases.

Inputs

  • Company Initiatives and Goals
  • Company needs
  • Company Project Budget
  • Concept Proposals and Justifications

Outputs

  • Meeting Reports
  • Project Charter
  • Contact List
  • Roles and Responsibilities

Next in the Hut Project Management Process:

Project Management Process – Phase 1 – Initiating – Identify Project Alternatives

John Filicetti is a Sr. PM Consultant/Leader with a great depth of experience and expertise in enterprise project management, project management methodologies, PPM, Governance, process consulting, and business management. John has directed and managed project management teams, created and implemented methodologies and practices, provided project management consulting, and created consulting and professional services in such areas as project portfolio management, Governance, business process re-engineering, network systems integration, application development, infrastructure, and complex environments. John is also a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification training team. John is a regular contributor on eproject’s forum. John’s website can be found at http://home.comcast.net/~projectmgmt

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