Chapter 11

Project Life Cycles


This chapter describes the different life cycles of a project. A diagram shows the difference between the life cycles as perceived by the Association for Project Management, and the Ministry of Defence. Another diagram shows the phases of the life cycle as bands on a cylinder that is constantly turning in a re-planning and control modes. The differences between a project life cycle, a product life cycle, and an extended life cycle are also explained.


Project life cycle; life cycle; product life cycle; extended life cycle; phases

Most, if not all, projects go through a life cycle that varies with the size and complexity of the project. On medium to large projects the life cycle will generally follow ...

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