2.1. Identifying the Project Life Cycle (PMBOK, Section 2.1)

Projects are born, they live, and then they die. Morbid, isn't it? But that simple analogy of being born, living, and dying is exactly what the Project Management Institute (PMI) calls the duration of a project: the project life cycle. A project life cycle is the project from start to finish. Every project in the world has its own life cycle. Consider any project you've ever worked on, whether it is in construction, manufacturing, or information technology. Every project was born (initiated), lived (planned, executed, monitored, and controlled), and then died (closing). That's the project life cycle.

If we were to visit a technology guru and check out his projects, he'd have a different ...

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