The Project Life Cycle Course

This course aims at providing participants with the information and skills to understand and use the project life cycle. The project life cycle comprises 5 steps, guiding teams from the project defining phase through to the evaluation phase. These are skills and team member or manager working with projects needs!

Learning Objective: Recall the different phases of the project life cycle

Which of the following are one of the 5 identified steps the project life cycle?

  • Evaluate
  • Discuss
  • Retrieve
  • Summarise

The 5 steps of the project life cycle

The first step of the project life cycle requires one to “Define” what the project is about, what are its aims and the outcomes and what time frame is allocated for each step, to ensure it is completed by an agreed upon date. Usually this phase will respond to an existing problem or gap and it needs a solution. An assessment therefore needs to be made, whether the appropriate solution has been defined in this stage.

The second step is titled “Plan” and required the project manager and team to set out the holistic implementation picture of the project plan. Therefore a complete break-down of the various project tasks, forming the entire project. A timeline accompanying this is needed, as well as an outline of the required resources to complete the set out tasks and the project as a whole.[1]

The third step is to “Brief” all the persons that will be involved in the project. These would include all team members and stakeholders.  

The fourth step is the “Implementation” step. This is where the project plan will now be put into action and implemented. The project manager will take the lead in ensuring the identified project tasks are implemented by the team, making use of allocated resources. The project manager will ensure the project stays on track, according to the identified timeline and reaches its objectives.

The final phase is titled “Evaluate”. This is the final phase and occurs after the project tasks, making up the entire project, have been implemented. The evaluation phase will look at whether all the stipulated objectives and outcomes have been met, ensuring for a successful project.  The project manager reports on the components that were done well and those that need to be addressed differently next time for the team’s sake. A holistic overview of the project results are given and then project comes to an end.


[1] Watt, 2014: “Project Management” ( Download the book at: Attribution: This chapter of Project Management is a derivative copy of Project Management by Merrie Barron and Andrew Barron licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported and Project Management From Simple to Complex by Russel Darnall, John Preston, Eastern Michigan University licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported.

Learning Objective: Identify the relevant actions related to the project life cycle steps

Identify the relevant actions related to the project life cycle steps

Identify the relevant actions related to the project life cycle steps