Directing a Project (DP) which describes all activities is the responsibility of the Project Board. Authorize Initiation Checks that adequate terms of reference exist and approves the initiation Stage Plan and Commits the resources required to carry out the initiation stage work. The activity authorizes each stage and any Exception Plans that are needed. An important control for the Project Board is to approve only one stage at a time. The Project Board should issue a project closure notification to disband the project management team and advise suppliers of the closing date for costs to be charged to the project. Ad Hoc Direction advises the Project Manager about any external events which impact the project and gives direction to the Project Manager when asked for advice or a decision about an issue and makes decisions on the actions to take on receipt of any Exception Reports.