The six phases of a project are based on the six phases of project management, which are used in conjunction with the IT phases to manage theproject. They are as follows:
During the first phase of a project, one must ask “why is this project needed?”—in other words, the objective of the project must beidentified. Then, a project proposal, including a business plan, that meets the needs of the project must be written. In addition, a feasibilitystudy might be conducted to ensure the proposal is airtight.
After the project proposal has been approved, the project moves into the definition phase. This is where the objectives of the project arefinalized and the requirements for a successful project are identified. The project scope can also be outlined, and a project plan may be createdduring this phase. Budgets are also set, and resources are determined.
The design phase of a project is when the project team sets out to find the best solution for achieving their goal. This includes creatingmultiple designs and prototypes. Once a suitable design has been chosen, specifications for the development team are created and shared.
The development phase is when the development team is assigned tasks and project management tools are selected. Additionally, technicalitiesare outlined, raw materials are requested and so on. The main goal of this phase is to make the entire plan as crystal clear as possible to avoidissues in the implementation phase.
The implementation phase is where the final deliverable of the IT project is developed; unsurprisingly, this is often the longest phase of theproject. The project team sets out to complete their tasks, while the manager monitors and controls the work, resources, cost, quality and risk.
Finally, once the implementation phase is complete, the final project is delivered to the customer/client/stakeholder. The follow up phase isall the work that comes after the project is delivered, and ultimately ending the project.