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When managing a project or programme, it is likely to have key phases with sub-project tasks. A guide to project management—Part 4: Project lifecycle considers the phases of defining, planning, implementing, and closing the project.
This guide forms part of a six-part project management guide, produced in partnership with Cranfield School of Management, which outlines some of the key concepts, tools and techniques used in project management. To review the other parts, see:
A guide to project management—Part 1: Introduction to project management
A guide to project management—Part 2: Key parameters
A guide to project management—Part 3: Key players
A guide to project management—Part 5: New approaches to project management
A guide to project management—Part 6: Additional reading
When managing a project or programme, it is likely to have key phases with sub-project tasks. The lifecycle of all projects proceeds through the following generic stages of defining, planning, implementing, and closing the project. These broad areas are covered in the following diagram:
During the set-up phase of the project, an initial scope is agreed. A feasibility study may also be undertaken for larger projects or programmes. In this phase, the sponsor for the project (preferably at the senior leadership level) and the project manager will agree and appoint
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