Chapter 11

Project Life Cycles

Abstract

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 between re-planning and control modes. The differences between a project life cycle, a product life cycle and an extended life cycle are also explained.

Keywords

Extended life cycle; Life cycle; Phases; Product life cycle; Project life cycle
 
Most, if not all, projects go through a life cycle that varies with the size and complexity of the project. For medium to large projects, the life cycle will generally follow ...

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