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Project Initiation

Often the hardest part of any project is getting started. For every project it is essential clearly to set out the goals, the scope and the division of responsibilities. Resources, including personnel, housing and equipment, must be identified and assigned. The technical approach must be defined and tested.

Frequent mistakes during these early activities include assigning technical staff too early or too late, failing to get agreement on how success is to be measured, and failing to set sponsor expectations appropriately.

Our consultants have been involved in the initiation of many projects, both small and large, and can lead you through the inception phase of you new project (see below), and support you in elaboration.


Creating a credible project plan can be a daunting task, especially if you are working with a development process you haven’t used often before. We can help. Syntropy Limited has consultants who are experienced project managers, and who are fully conversant with modern development processes, such as agile methods.

Our involvement in initiating your project might range from a few days providing initial guidance through to taking full responsibility for inception and elaboration over many weeks. Initiation is often followed by Architecture and Design Leadership and Project Monitoring.

Call us today to discuss how we can help initiate your project.

Project structure

We normally divide a project into four phases, based on the terminology of the Rational Unified Process:
  • Inception – typically a few days
    • agree project responsibilities
    • agree scope and goals
    • gain commitment to resources

  • Elaboration – typically around 20% of the project span
    • fixed period
    • understand (some of) the requirements
    • test the technical approach, demonstrate feasibility

  • Construction
    • develop Version 1 of the system in several cycles, with feedback

  • Transition
    • install the system
    • ensure the expected benefits are forthcoming
Further Construction and Transition phases – possibly overlapping – deliver further versions of the system.