The purpose of the Starting up a Project process is to ensure that the prerequisites for Initiating a Project are in place by answering the question: do we have a viable and worthwhile project?
Nothing should be done until certain base information needed to make rational decisions about the commissioning of the project is defined, key roles and responsibilities are resourced and allocated, and a foundation for detailed planning is available.
The purpose of the Starting up a Project process is as much about preventing poorly conceived projects from ever being initiated as it is about approving the initiation of viable projects.
As such, Starting up a Project is a lighter process compared to the more detailed and thorough Initiating a Project process.
The aim is to do the minimum necessary in order to decide whether it is worthwhile to even initiate the project.
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