theory versus application
Before project management researchers and practitioners can begin to articulate a field theory, they need to first address the field's lack of a methodology for project start-up. This article proposes such a methodology. In doing so, it details the six basic elements of project start-up: project plan, organizational structure, schedule, budget, procedure manual, and implementation plan. It then identifies the reasons why project managers often fail to develop effective project start-up plans, reasons relating to a project manager's skills and to knowledge capture and lessons learned.