Projects exist in all industries and any size of business. With the rush of day-to-day activity, it is often difficult to separate project work from daily operations or regular, ongoing work. When work, that is project work in nature, gets executed as a collection of tasks without proper planning, organizations incur higher costs, deadlines get missed and stakeholders get frustrated. In this workshop, we will discuss real-world situations to teach you how to identify projects vs operational activities and the issues that can result by misidentification. Once you identify that you have a project, it’s time to initiate or start the project off right! We will discuss creating a project charter and defining scope. A charter formally authorizes the project and conveys from the business sponsor’s perspective the purpose of the project, the project’s objectives, and desired deliverables. The scope statement further defines the desired business value and deliverables and what activity is included and not included in the project. This structured approach will help ensure everyone shares the same vision and helps you plan and execute your project more effectively.