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Project Management Life Cycle for Business

June 21 2010

When the right project management life cycle for a business has been established, many businesses get into trouble when it is not properly followed. A well-disciplined leader is needed to keep the company’s business plan on track and on focus to meet the goals of the company.

This is the main difference between a project management life cycle and just a project life cycle. One deals only with the project while the other helps the project manager deal with how to properly manage the tasks through every part of the project. Knowing how to apply the right managing techniques is what is key.

All project lifecycles are the same no matter what type of business or products are involved. It is the project management life cycle that varies from company to company, depending on what type of business and products they produce.

One of the leading challenges of any project manager is how to properly assign the specific project tasks of a lifecycle to the project management life cycle. Many of the different processes have overlapping duties and tasks that must be completed, while others are specific to just the project or management staff. An example is the scheduling of when a specific task is to be preformed and by whom. It is included in the project lifecycle that each task is to be completed, but it is part of the project management life cycle to make the schedule and assign the task.

Another element that is exclusively a part of a project management life cycle is exactly how many times a project lifecycle is to be repeated before closure of the project is executed. There are many projects entering the final stages may need some adjustments made or the redefining of the project to make improvements to the final product. This is why project lifecycles are not always linear. In many cases, the designing, planning, and execution have to be repeated so the final product fits the goals set forth by the sponsors of the project.

The project management life cycle is specific in what it entails, but it changes with every project to fit the requirements needed to bring the project to a successful closure when completed.