INITIATE & DEFINE
The initiation phase is the beginning of every project, where the idea behind it is explored and elaborated to examine its feasibility. Questions typically addressed in this phase include the following: Why this project? Is it feasible? What parties are involved? What is the project scope? What is the expected outcome? In this phase, it makes sense to explicitly agree on the type of project being initiated to prevent false expectations concerning the results of the project.
During the definition phase, the list of requirements, which specifies the guidelines that the project must adhere to, are defined in collaboration by all parties who are involved in the project. This involves setting the right expectations with regard to the project outcome based on several distinct categories of project requirements, such as: Preconditions, Functional Requirements, Operational Requirements, and Design Limitations.