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What are the phases of a project?
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What do you think are the phases of a project? How about the stages?
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Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3...gotcha Mounir. I think the organization or even the stakeholders in a project can determine the phases/stages. I guess stages are just sub-phases that can be tailored more specific to the industry or type of project.
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Dec 12, 2017 3:04 AM
Mounir Ajam
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LOL
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Mounir -

Depends on an organization's standards and the specific delivery approach taken for a project.

Scrum purists might say there are NO phases on a project - just sprint 0 and every sprint afterwards :-).

Kiron
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Dec 12, 2017 3:05 AM
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I guess Scrum purists know development but not project management :)
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Phase could be a "Discovery Phase" , which may have all the PMBOK process groups in it.
Phase could also be a "Solution Phase" which again may have all the PMBOK process groups in it.
Stages maybe typically milestones within a phase like , "High Level Solution options presented", "High Level costing estimates obtained"

But it seems like this is left to interpretation by various companies. Some may even consider PMBOK process groups as stages or phases.
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Dec 11, 2017 5:26 PM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3...gotcha Mounir. I think the organization or even the stakeholders in a project can determine the phases/stages. I guess stages are just sub-phases that can be tailored more specific to the industry or type of project.
LOL
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Dec 11, 2017 5:41 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Mounir -

Depends on an organization's standards and the specific delivery approach taken for a project.

Scrum purists might say there are NO phases on a project - just sprint 0 and every sprint afterwards :-).

Kiron
I guess Scrum purists know development but not project management :)
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You can have phase and sprints. Phases are more on the strategical level whereas sprints are more on the tactical level to get work done. The SAPActivate model is such thing.
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Dec 13, 2017 3:03 AM
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Good way to think about it, in situations where scrum is applicable
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Mounir,

Depends on a metodology you use, a project area, and a particular company standards, of course. But even if you use a sprint system, this does not suppose the absence of separate project stages. Such a cyclic development process just means that these stages will be repeated in each sprint.

Project initiation, planning, launch, performance and monitoring, testing, acceptance by a customer, project closing. Divide each of the stages into smaller ones, or, otherwise, unite some them. Think of beautiful names unique for your company. Repeat stages within sprints. Minor differences for each team, but the essence is almost always similar :)
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Dec 13, 2017 3:02 AM
Mounir Ajam
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Great , thank you
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My understanding is that traditionally, there are five stages of project management and these five stages create what is known as a project life cycle. Also, the project life cycle is a series of phases that represent the evolution of a product from initiation to closing.
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2 replies by Anish Abraham and Mounir Ajam
Dec 13, 2017 3:04 AM
Mounir Ajam
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Anish

You just gave two definitions one about 5 stages defining the PLC then you said the PLC is a series of phases

Can you elaborate?
Dec 13, 2017 1:28 PM
Anish Abraham
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Mounir, Depending on the methodology you use, formal project follows a 5 stage process: Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitoring and Controlling, Closing.
Usually for agile or iterative development projects, planning and execution take place in short sprints, with the stages repeating until the project is completed to the customer's expectation and satisfaction.
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Dec 12, 2017 1:18 PM
Replying to Kate Lynska
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Mounir,

Depends on a metodology you use, a project area, and a particular company standards, of course. But even if you use a sprint system, this does not suppose the absence of separate project stages. Such a cyclic development process just means that these stages will be repeated in each sprint.

Project initiation, planning, launch, performance and monitoring, testing, acceptance by a customer, project closing. Divide each of the stages into smaller ones, or, otherwise, unite some them. Think of beautiful names unique for your company. Repeat stages within sprints. Minor differences for each team, but the essence is almost always similar :)
Great , thank you
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Dec 12, 2017 11:18 AM
Replying to Peter Ambrosy
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You can have phase and sprints. Phases are more on the strategical level whereas sprints are more on the tactical level to get work done. The SAPActivate model is such thing.
Good way to think about it, in situations where scrum is applicable
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