The Project Initiation Resource Page

Welcome to the companion Web site for Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl Wiegers, Principal Consultant at Process Impact. This site provides information about the book and other resources regarding project management. You can also download the process assets and worksheets described in the book from this page.

Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools was published in 2007 by Microsoft Press. Project initiation is the process of formally conceiving, approving, and launching a new project. This book describes many actions that lay the foundation for a successful project. Both experienced and novice project managers will find the practices described here to be valuable. Topics covered include: defining project success criteria and product release criteria, project chartering, risk management, lessons learned and project retrospectives, metrics, and many others. Each chapter in the book includes several practice activities and worksheets to help you begin applying the suggested techniques to your own projects immediately. The worksheets are listed below for downloading. The book also refers to numerous process assets, such as templates, procedure descriptions, spreadsheet tools, and other items that project managers will find useful. These items also are accessible from this page.

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Training Resources Available

Process Impact offers several training options that align with Practical Project Initiation:

  • A one-day seminar titled "Project Management Best Practices"
  • A comprehensive eLearning version of the "Project Management Best Practices" seminar
  • The course handout for "Project Management Best Practices," with slides and worksheets
  • The "Five-Minute Manager" eLearning series, with 32 brief, on-demand mini-tutorials on focused project management topics

    Process Impact Contact Information

    Karl Wiegers
    Principal Consultant

    Worksheets from the Book

    Supporting Process Assets

    Set 1, $5.00    Add to Cart
    Project Management Plan Template (preview)
    Project Charter Template (preview)
    Set 2, $5.00    Add to Cart
    Retrospective Procedure (preview)
    Retrospective Planning Worksheet
    Retrospective Summary Report Template
    Set 3, $5.00    Add to Cart
    Risk Management Plan Template (preview)
    Risk List Template
    Set 4, $5.00    Add to Cart
    Subcontract Management Plan Template (preview)
    Request for Proposal Template (preview)
    Set 5, $5.00    Add to Cart
    Action Plan Template
    Lessons Learned Template
    Project Prioritization Spreadsheet
    Wideband Delphi Worksheet
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