In This Chapter
Understanding the lifespan of the project
Seeing the different characteristics of each stage
Knowing what to do at each point in your project
Dealing with project documentation and not letting it take over
This chapter covers the lifespan of the project from the initial idea through to closure. Sometimes seeing how things like business justification, planning and risk management fit into a project can be difficult until you have the big picture, so this chapter provides that big picture. It covers what you need to do and at what points, and it also explains a couple of key project documents that you may find helpful.
Projects have a sequence from the first idea through to closure, and this chapter provides you with a clear structure, although it is simple. If, after reading this book, you want to move on to a more detailed approach, you can use a project method. There are a few to choose from, such as: