1.0 Conceptual/Creation/Initiation Stage

  • Establishing a need
  • Determining feasibility
  • Searching for alternatives
  • Preparing proposals
  • Developing basic budgets
  • Determining basic schedules
  • Naming the starting project team
  • Study; discuss, and analyze
  • Write the project definition
  • Set and end-results objective
  • List imperatives and desirables (SOW)
  • Generate alternative strategies (Brainstorming)
  • Evaluate alternatives & choose a course of action

2.0 Planning/Growth/Sell Stage

  • Setting goals
  • Listing tasks to be done
  • Developing schedules in a sequence
  • Developing a budget
  • Getting your plans approved by stakeholders
  • Conducting studies and analyses
  • Designing systems
  • Building and testing prototypes
  • Analyzing results
  • Obtaining approval for production
  • Establish the project objective
  • Choose a basic strategy for achieving the objective
  • Break the project down into subunits or steps
  • Determine the performance standards for each subunit
  • Determine how much time is required to complete each subunit
  • Determine the proper sequence for completing subunits
  • Determine the cost of each subunit
  • Design the necessary staff organization
  • Determine the number of staff needed
  • Determining the kind of positions
  • Determine what training is required for project team members
  • Develop the necessary policies and procedures
  • Market study
  • Pilot test
  • Computer simulation
  • Estimating labor costs
  • Estimating labor
  • Estimating overhead
  • Estimating materials
  • Estimating supplies
  • Estimating equipment rentals
  • Estimating general and administrative

3.0 Implementation/Execution/Operation Stage

  • Getting the time
  • Getting the money
  • Getting the people
  • Getting the equipment
  • Meeting and leading the team
  • Communication with all stakeholders
  • Controlling the work in progress
  • Establishing standards
  • Monitoring performance
  • Inspection
  • Interim progress reviews
  • Testing
  • Auditing
  • Taking corrective action

4.0 Termination/Close out/ Evaluation Stage

  • Letting go of the project
  • Celebrate success
  • Release resources
  • Project completion checklist
  • Test project output to see that it works
  • Write operations manual
  • Complete final drawings
  • Deliver project output to client
  • Train client’s personnel to operate project output
  • Reassign project personnel
  • Dispose of surplus equipment, materials and supplies
  • Release facilities
  • Summarize major problems encountered and their solution
  • Document technological advances made
  • Summarize recommendations for future research and development
  • Summarize lessons learned in dealing with interfaces
  • Write performance evaluation reports on all project staff
  • Provide feedback on performance to all project staff
  • Complete Final audit
  • Write Final report
  • Conduct project review with upper management
  • Declare the project complete