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Initiation is the first phase in the project management life cycle. In this phase, the idea for the project is explored and elaborated. Initiation phase sets the foundation for the other phases. You can start a new project by defining its objectives, scope, purpose and deliverables to be produced. You’ll also hire your project team, setup the Project Office and review the project, to gain approval to begin the next phase.

Project Initiation Phase

    The Project Initiation Phase is the conceptualization of the project. This section describes the basic processes that must be performed to get a project started. Accordingly, the purpose of the Project Initiation Phase is to specify what the project should accomplish. The caution in this purpose is if the customer’s needs are inadequately articulated, then poorly formulated goals and objectives will stand out as a significant source of concern. This starting point is critical because it is essential for those who will deliver the product/process, for those who will use that product/process, and for those who have a stake in the project to reach agreement on its initiation. Every project has its own purpose or ultimate goal—the complete delivery of the project.
    No matter how different each project may be from each other, each one needs to carry out that purpose in the end. In order to get to the outcome, a project manager needs to handle the project from the beginning to the end. When assigned a task, a project manager has a duty to understand the final goal of the project. This is important because the project manager will need to know who are the people and groups he or she would need to involve in that particular project, and when to involve each one. These participants would need to understand the concept of the project and what roles they will play in order to complete it.
    The ability to say no is an important quality in a project leader. Projects tend to expand once people have become excited about them. The underlying thought is, While were at it, we might as well Projects to which people keep adding objectives and projects that keep expanding are nearly certain to go off schedule, and they are unlikely to achieve their original goals.