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.
All payments received are donated to the Norm Kerth Benefit Fund to assist a
software consultant who is disabled because of a traumatic brain injury.
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
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