|Project Management Methodology/Life Cycle Overview
- Agree to a vision for the project, define the major goals & have the justification (problem it will solve).
- Bring together the core team members and the stakeholders.
- Assign a project manager and establish others' roles and responsibilities.
- Identify the resources that will be needed and the cost estimates.
- Have all involved agree to the elements above.
- Develop a work plan that establishes the work breakdown structure, the time and cost estimates, and a schedule.
- Determine special skills needed to accomplish project tasks.
- Determine resources needed (resources can be special skills, hardware, software, services, etc.).
- Assess the communication needs and prepare a communication plan if required.
- Perform a risk assessment, analysis, and plan, if required
- Assess the security issues for the project and its deliverable(s).
- Direct and lead the project team.
- Procure or secure required resources (hardware, services, software, etc.).
- Conduct status review meetings.
- Manage project progress.
- Implement plans for training, if appropriate.
- Implement plans for testing.
- Implement some quality assurance procedures.
- Measure performance against the plan.
- Take corrective action when measures are outside the limits.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the corrective actions.
- Ensure that project progress continues according to the plan.
- Change management - modifications of original vision, goals, schedule, budget.
- Obtain acceptance of project deliverables.
- Document or summarize costs spent on project and close any purchase orders.
- Document the lessons learned over the course of the project.
- Formalize closure.
- Outline the long-term operational implications.