Before starting

Once project approval and funding is received, confirm key aspects of the project, establish the project team and start developing a project brief before starting to plan for procurement.

After the project has received approval and funding, you should assess if there have been any changes to the scope or funding to what was assumed in the business case. You should also set up the project team if you have not done so already, or augment it with the skills you need to assist you with defining the project and delivering the procurement phase.

Following this, you should start to develop key planning and benchmarking documents including a project brief and reference project. For smaller, less complex projects, such as business-as-usual projects, these documents may not be needed, with aspects such as scope, objectives and governance instead being solely articulated in the project plan.

Further guidance on planning considerations is available.