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What are the six phases of project management?

I thought there were only 5 phases in project management: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.

Apparently, it seems there are six phases, and not 5. So what is the 6th project management phase? And are the phases mentioned above correct?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

What you have listed above are called the stages (or process groups), and the phases.

The 6 project management phases are:

- Initiation phase
- Definition phase
- Design phase
- Development phase
- Implementation phase
- Follow-up phase

Note that the above 6 project management phases apply only in IT projects.

Sometimes, people refer to the following sarcastic list when they say the 6 project management phases:

- Enthusiasm
- Disillusionment,
- Panic
- Search for the guilty
- Punishing the innocent
- Praising the non-participants
answered 10 years ago by TheManager (6,220 points)

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