Before starting, it is vital to gain the commitment
of the business to the proposed project. The outputs
must be clearly defined and agreed, along with the
measures (critical success factors) against which
the outputs will be judged. It is also vital to
ensure there are adequate numbers of staff with the
required skill set and experience for the task.
This section deals with breaking the project down
into stages; reviewing reporting and deciding
whether to continue or not. These are all activities
that happen at the end of a stage, prior to
commencing the next. The rest of the organization
also needs to be aware of the projects progress,
especially where other parts of the business will
take delivery of the projects outputs or products.
This section deals with ending a project in a
controlled manner, whether this is because the
project has gone to plan, or has been abandoned or
failed. Crucial to this phase is the capturing of
those things that went well and also those things
that did not in a lessons learned report.