Be ready with the detail
Carefully document the following information
- What are the strategic objectives of the project?
- Be clear on what the project must achieve
- Who is the established sponsor?
- What are the key success indicators for the project?
- What are the scope, quality, time, cost limits?
- What corporate or industry standards apply?
- What "best practices" apply, e.g. for quality?
- Are there security or operational constraints?