How to manage projects | project management methodology | project stages

This is the fourth article from our upcoming book. It is also part 2 of explaining the SUKAD Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™ (CAM2P™) – focusing on the project stages.


SUKAD CAM2P Model: Project Phases and Stages

“This second figure takes what we’ve already mentioned and expands on it, presenting the stages[1] of the project life span. “There’s no major change from the earlier figure, but more items have been added.”

“The project concept phase is called the project pre-launch stage to reflect that at this time the project is not yet officially launched or authorized by the organization. At the end of this stage, if the project is validated by the various studies and reviews, then the organization’s management might decide to give it the go-ahead.

“We’ve split the project development phase into two distinct stages, project launch and project definition.

“Finally, project delivery incorporates the other components, such as the stages of implementation, operation readiness, and close. Implementation is doing the work and close is about completing, or closing, the project.

“Operation readiness is shown here in parallel to implementation and close to indicate that although custody of the project is not yet transferred to operation/end users, significant effort will likely be required by the operation team to get ready for the handover from the project team. Handover is an interface point between the team managing the project development and delivery and the team that will manage the end product that results from the project.

“There’s more, but we’ll save it for next time. Review what we’ve discussed and think about it. When you’re ready for more, let me know and I’ll e-mail you a more detailed picture than the one I drew here. Of course, this isn’t an exact representation of the life span of your project. Your project life span will look different; it will develop out of your project specific requirements.

“Once you review the e-mail and are ready for more, we can arrange another meeting or a video conference to go through the next steps.”

“Wonderful! Good plan.” Ahmad says.

“George, thank you for dinner, it was great!” Furat adds.

[1]The terms stage and phase are often used interchangeably. Here we use phase to represent the three main time periods in a project and stage to represent six components that are expansions of the three stages.

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About Mounir Ajam

A Project Management thought leader, who believes that project management touches all people, in all aspects of life; personal and professional.Initiated and led the formation of SUKAD Corp to develop the Uruk PPM Platform.An advocate of real-world, practical and applied project management.Champion of adaptive project management, tailored methods, and organizational project management.Available anywhere in the world to advise executives and organizations on the strategic value of project management. Ready to help organizations build and sustain the Project Management Function and the capacity to lead projects successfully.