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Questions tagged [initiation]

For questions about all aspects of the initiation phase of projects.

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New IT project documentation

When there is a new IT project, what documentation should we begin with? What structure do they usually have. Is there a common standard to compose them? I am entirely new to IT projects, I am ...
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Cone of uncertainty - how could we delay commitment to estimates in real life?

I am reading a book from Steve McConnell dealing with software project estimations and I do not understand the following statement (my translation, I got the book in German): An effective ...
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How to sucessfully introduce/initiate IT projects in a non-IT org.?

I've been working in an old-fashioned company that has a small IT department and zero experience with project management. I'm having trouble finding the right approach to present IT solutions, ...
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How to write a good Critical Success Factor?

Can you share some of your tips and tricks on how to pull out the information from stakeholders in order to write good CSF? What questions do you ask to get to the heart of the project? Can you ...
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Planning all sprints at once

My experience as a developer has always been project milestones were agreed upon in advance and then each sprint is planned just before it starts. For the sake of detail, by planned, I mean agreeing ...
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Things to consider before Project Initiation

What are the things to consider before project initiation. I believe a lot goes on before the charter can be produced and PMBOk 5 is a bit silent on that point.
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Short initiation for lazy colleagues

Last summer I finished a PBA in Software Development. and got hired into a Company with a small IT department. (8 Guys.. 4 developers) We make inhouse solutions, from services to websites or small ...
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SRS for an Agile project

Currently, I am drafting a SRS ( Software Requirement Specification ) doc for an agile project, and the samples are the ones used in a waterfall project. I did google a lot but couldn't find any right ...
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Project Scope in Project Charter Vs 'Project Plan'

How is Project Scope different in 'Project Charter' different from Project Scope in 'Project Plan' considering they both have to be brief ... isn't it redundant ?
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How to articulate ROI for “strategic” project?

I want to initiate a project to enable communication within the organization. Although the cost is pretty clear, the benefits are obvious but not easily quantifiable. I am reticent to make ...
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Tools, templates or techniques to facilitate defining project vision?

I am planning on facilitating one or more sessions with key stakeholders in order to define and document a shared "vision" for the end-state coming out of a planned business improvement project. This ...
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help using ROI/NPV to justify a project that allows you to sell more

We want to get a project justified, using ROI and/or NPV, but it seems to be difficult: We are a company that sells products on our internet site, and now we want to implement a system that give ...
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Writing the perfect proposal

What strategies can I take to write a good project proposal document? So far the way I write them is that I include 3 main sections: Technical Details Delivery Items Cost Estimation My ...
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What are the first steps to take when given a new project?

After you've resisted the urge to run towards the door screaming, what are the first two or three things that you do to get your thoughts in order when you have been given a new project? I tend to ...
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How to use ROI to justify a project that is solely a replacement of an out-of-date system?

We want to get a project justified, but the ROI model is not helping us since this is a replacement of a very old, antiquated and out of date system. There will be no increase in revenue, no process ...