- Notice first that there is a START and END (remember #1)
- The DEFINE phase answers the question above the label “Why are we spending money and time on this instead of something else?” The steps build the Project Charter (see the bottom). The Project Charter is never done until the project is transitioned to maintenance.
- The PLAN phase answers the questions “How are we going to organize the work of this project?” The created Project Schedule (Plan is fine also) will likely change a lot once things get going.
- The MANAGE phase is about working the Project Schedule. The team finishes up the tasks to deliver to the customer. I call this “Customer Done”. To the customer, the results have been delivered, but the Project Manager has some sweeping up to do before the project is completed.
- The REVIEW phase is about lessons learned and cleaning everything up – archiving, clarifying, etc. Once the project has transitioned from build to maintenance, this phase can be completed. I call this “Project Done”.
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