Defining a Project Initiation Checklist
Before you tackle any project, create a project initiation checklist to ensure your project will flow the way you want it to. Project initiation checklists are essential to define the project's scope, teams, charter, organization, schedule and business case. Beyond helping the project flow smoothly, the checklist is a great way to get approvals in advance by the client, upper management and team leaders upfront.
Good initiation checklists should be clear on defining goals and risks. A budget can be set as well as time lines for project landmarks. Time lines take the guessing out of what comes next and outlines team members, what is expected of the team, and a great place to give your project structure before it begins.
Successful project managers not only create an initiation checklist, but also hold a project initiation meeting with a clear agenda as well as weekly project meetings so everyone remains on the same page until project completion.
A good software tool to create a project initiation checklist is SmartDraw. You can download a free 7 day trial of the program and here, I looked at how to create your checklist in SmartDraw.