Written by Andy Trainer– Mon 04 Feb 2013
Within the Directing a Project (DP) stage of PRINCE2®, authorising a project is a particularly important process.
Without it, the next stage plan cannot be approved which means that the project cannot proceed.
In this post we'll take a look in more detail at why it is a necessary process, who is responsible for each aspect and how it should be carried out.
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By using this process it means that the project board can make sure that there is:
Responsibility for ensuring adequate authorisation of the project falls to the Project Board but those with a Project Assurance role must advise and make the board aware of anything critical to the decision-making process.
In practice, the Project Board will likely be aware of certain aspects necessary to the authorisation process through regular informal contact with the Project Manager.
However, setting out clear and targeted assessment dates and stage reviews is essential to the successful completion of a project; just because the board already has some information doesn't mean the authorisation process should be skimmed over. This will harm the project's overall salience and legitimacy.
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