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The project may be implemented in an existing company or (though this is unusual) in a temporary company with its own legal status (e.g. Ltd.). The project manager has to consider whether this might be the case.

Set up the steering committee
Initial ideas on the steering committee should be discussed with the customer. From this time on, regular meetings with the customer have to be held. In order to make this possible, a formal steering committee [8] which has both the customer and the project manager as members is set up. Now it is clear that your customer has to be a person with authority, i.e. he has to be able to allocate budget funds, intervene in the company's existing organisational structures and make strategic decisions!

Adaptation of project scope or organisation
You either then have to reduce the scope of the project in order that it can be commissioned or leave the scope as it is and look for another customer who is higher up in the organisation's hierarchy.

Core team
Based on the PESTLE and stakeholder analyses which have already been conducted, the project manager considers the functions and departments which will be required in the project. People in departments which can exert the strongest influence on the success of the project are appointed as members of the core team (PM team) [9]. To do this, the project manager provides the customer with a list of the necessary functions and skills profiles. The customer then has to liase with the department managers and arrange for the necessary employees to be released from regular duties to work on the project.

If the customer is not able to do these things, he cannot commission the project and you cannot take a project of this scale on under these circumstances.