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The Project Lifecycle and Four Essential Stages

The Project Lifecycle and Four Essential Stages

The Project Lifecycle and Four Essential Stages

Projects have a familiar lifecycle that gives you a framework to understand, plan, and deliver them. So this video will introduce you to the Project Lifecycle, and the four essential stages.

Dr Mike Clayton, founder of OnlinePMCourses, explains what those four project stages are, and why they should be familiar to you.

If you are new to projects and project management, this is the most valuable start to your learning.

This is a sample video from our Project Management core course program.

This video comes near the start of our core Project Management courses. It shows the four essential stages of the Project Lifecycle.

The Four Stages of the Project Lifecycle

The four essential stages of the basic project lifecycle are:

  1. Definition
    Defining what your project is, and is not. You can find out more about an important part of this in our article, How to Define your Project Scope.
    We also have our Project Manager’s Project Definition Kit – an innovative course and resource kit, so you can take a jumble of ideas, needs, and requests and turn it into a well-defined project.
  2. Planning
    Determining the scheduling, budgeting and resourcing for delivery of your project.
  3. Delivery
    The implementation stage. This is where you make things happen.
  4. Close
    It is always important to shut your project down in an orderly fashion.

Find out more about the vital things to do in these stages, in our essential article: Project Management Essentials (8-Step Template).

Free Four Stages of the Project Lifecycle Video Course

But for more depth, we have a FREE 4-module video course, which looks at each of the four stages in turn. Also, you will get a free worksheet with each module, to download and use. Therefore, this will really jump start your next project, and give you excellent tools to get started with.

So just click the button below to find out more.

Enroll Now, for Your Free  ‘Four Stages’ Video Course

What’s to lose? It’s FREE.


About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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