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.