Every project goes through five phases.
The length and details may vary from project to project, but all will still follow the same process.
While some project methods may condense or duplicate the following stages, every successfully implemented project no matter the size/spend or scope will follow these stages.
The Five Stages
Project team formation, project chartering, agreeing senior management sponsors, budgets, project kick-off and Communicating to business.
Finalising the project scope, defining the detailed work required as a breakdown, assessing risk, identifying resource requirements, finalising the schedule/timelines, preparing for the actual work and communicating to business.
Performing the actual work required by the project, completion of actions – ensuring priorities are met, including a review of timelines and intermediate goals and communicating to business.
- Monitor and control:
The actual management, reporting, and control of the resources and budgets during the execution phase and communicating to business.
- Project close & Review:
Delivery of the project, assessment of lessons learned, adjournment of the project and project team and communicating to business.
The common theme throughout is communication of the project within the business. This is not just with the project team or the senior team that are sponsoring – but to the whole of the business. Whilst the nature of the information will vary depending on who, the need to update all on progress will not only assist the project completion but will allow time for staff to adjust to any subsequent changes arising.
As project manager I will lead your team through these five phases in succession—regardless of project size—until the project is complete.
Until then all the best!
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