PM Life Cycle Phases Overview

Information Technology has committed to a strong focus on project management methodology for its projects, applying knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to meet stated project requirements and expected outcomes.  Our methodology blends current UNH/USNH practices and best practices employed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) within the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).  After the intake and selection process (Intake Phase) completes, the approved project transitions to the Initiate Phase of the PM life cycle and progresses through each Phase.  The life cycle consists of six distinct phases—Intake, Initiate, Plan, Execute, Transition, and Close.  Multiple build-deploy cycles are common between the Execute and Transition Phases.  An additional phase, Monitor and Control, is not distinct in that its activities occur throughout the PM life cycle.


In the PM life cycle, major activities and resulting outputs are Phase-specific.  While the Phases are sequential, in practice some of these Phases may overlap or be applied concurrently and iteratively.  The number and type of activities that are completed during each Phase are determined by the complexity and level of effort required for the project.  Many of the activities of the Phases are described in the table below.  These activities are described in more detail on the individual pages for each Life Cycle Phase.  

Project Management Phases and Activities​ ​
Close Monitor & Control
Develop Project Proposal
Assign Project Manager
Identify Project Team Members
Conduct Execution Kickoff Meeting
Hard Freeze Code Development; Execute System Test Plan
Conduct Closeout Activities Provide Regular Status Reports as Outlined in Communications Plan
Submit Project Proposal
Document Business Requirements
Conduct Planning Kickoff Meeting
Execute Project Tasks (extensive)
Execute User Acceptance Testing
Create Closeout Documentation Track and Manage Project Issues and Risks
Project Proposal Reviewed by Appropriate Bodies
Perform Stakeholder Analysis
Map Business Processes, Current and Future States
Perform Project Communications Management
Execute Training Plan; Accept User Guide
Archive Project Artifacts Conduct Project Change Management
Make Decision: Approve, Defer, Reject
Conduct Initial Security Review
Refine Project Charter
Manage Project Procurement
Finalize Business Continuity and Service Recovery Plans
Transition Support to Operations Staff Perform Quality Management Review/Verification
Develop Effort and Schedule for Approved Projects Develop Preliminary Project Charter Build Major Project Plans; Develop Supplemental Plans Conduct Phase Gate Review Accept 'As Built' Run Book and On-Going, Operations Manual Disband Project Team  
Conduct Phase Gate Review for Approved Proposals
Approve Preliminary Project Charter
Perform Risk Analysis and Develop Mitigation Strategy
Transition Production-Ready System to Production Environment
Conduct Phase Gate Review
Approve Final Project Charter and Project Plan
Monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Conduct Phase Gate Review
Conduct Phase Gate Review
Accept Completed Project Deliverables