Defining the roles of a Project Manager

This course is designed to define the role of a project manager and which processes should be used to maximize your working potential as an employee. 

The Five Step Project Lifecycle

Which of the five steps ensures that the plan is aligned with the company's objectives?

The lifecycle of a project can be divided into five simple steps. These steps are: Define, Plan, Brief, Implement and Evaluate. The first step in this lifecycle is to DEFINE the project. This is the first procedure to follow in any instance. This outlines what is expected and creates a solid scaffolding for the project to be built upon. The next step is PLAN – Preparing the plan and schedules for all stakeholders and team members involved. In this step, the project manager/team needs to create a written document that outlines all the processes required to ensure the successful implementation of the project. Once this document has been compiled, the team and stakeholders involved will be BRIEFED on how the project will move forward and what everyone’s involvement in the project will be. Once, everyone is clear as to their roles within the project and the stakeholders have approved the project plan, the project is now IMPLEMENTED. This step requires the project team to carry out the plan, monitoring and providing support as the plan is implemented. As the closing of the project, results are quantified and the project is EVALUATED based on succession, possible shortcomings and a final closing of the project as a whole. This model will be explored and represented by means of an illustration with an accompanying video in the classroom. The video will show how each of the steps form the part of a building. DEFINE as the blueprints, PLAN as the scaffolding, BRIEF as the workers starting to add materials to the building, IMPLEMENT as the building takes shape and finally EVALUATE as all the small extras are added to the building to create a final picture. As the visual aid increases in its “size” the video will be paused at each step to explain this step and how it relates to the imagery that the learners will see on the screen. 

  • Steps One and Three
  • Steps Two and Four
  • Steps Five and One
  • Steps Two and FIve