Project Start Up

Project start-up or initiation is the first phase of project management. This is where a business case/project charter is developed to establish why the work is important, the problem the work will address and how this links to your organisation’s objectives.  At this stage identifying key stakeholders, team members, understanding roles & responsibilities, alongside a communication plan to ensure the plan is shared is essential.

Core Elements of Project Start Up

Outlined below are core elements to address during this phase.  Each method is linked to a tool in the tools section at the bottom of this page.

Project Charter

A project charter is the statement of scope, objectives and people who are participating in a project and supports the team to document what they want to achieve, why it is important and how they will measure success.

Communication and Engagement Plan

It is fundamental to make sure all those affected by the project have the information they need to support the project once the charter has been developed. Generally, these people fall into two categories; those who are close to the project and involved with the various activities directly, and those who might be impacted by the project or are just interested.  Planning communication will help identify your audience, define the purpose, identify key messages, engage audiences and sharing what has been learned through various methods and platforms.  

Establish a team 

All projects require team working and will be made up from various roles such as (not exclusively) a lead (possibly project manager), process owners, improvement support, analysts, service users, finance and a sponsor.

RACI Matrix 

As multiple people will be involved in the project, it is essential to identify roles and responsibilities early on, a RACI matrix is a useful model to help understand those roles & responsibilities.

Driver Diagram 

A simple visual display that outlines and logically connects an improvement aim to a small number of primary drivers, secondary drivers and change ideas.

Pareto Chart 

Pareto charts can help a team concentrate its improvement efforts on the factors that have the greatest impact, it can help a team communicate the rationale for focusing on certain areas.