The “Directing” management level features the following PRINCE2 processes:

Ensuring the business justification of a project, which essentially means: “The investment in a project must be worthwhile for the business/organisation”.

Project start-up:
The Project Board provides the project with its Business Case, appoints the Project Manager, appoints the members of the project management team, and works together with the Project Manager to establish the quality expectations and the Project Approach. Subsequently, the Project Board approves the Project Brief and authorises resources for initiation, marking the start of the project lifecycle. After the “Initiating a Project” process, the Project Board receives the Project Initiation Documentation and the plan for the first delivery stage of the project and uses this as a basis for making its decisions. Both the project and the resources required for the first delivery stage are authorised on this basis.

Project in progress:
At the end of each stage, the Project Board verifies that the business justification for the project still applies and then grants approval to progress to the next stage. It is also the level to which matters are escalated that exceed the Project Manager's authority, and it makes decisions on Exception Reports and authorises Exception Plans.

Project end:
The Project Board makes sure that all the requirements have been met for project closure. This decision confirms that the Project Product has been delivered correctly and that the project has been brought to an end in a properly controlled manner.

Throughout the project:
The Project Board is authorised to give a guiding hand to the project at any point during its duration and is also authorised to cancel the project prior to completion. The Project Board communicates with the Board of Management, the Programme Management Team (if the project is being run as part of a programme) and other stakeholders.
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