ASIP-PMIntro-8 Five Phases of Project Management


Whether it is a large project or a small one, all projects go through phases (otherwise known as "Process Groups"). Depending on the project and organizational norms, the way that you engage with each phase may differ. For example, the amount of time required (and the documentation produced) for a similar project may differ from organization to organization, and even from department to department. The PMBOK Guide identifies five (5) phases of project management: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing.

Instruction: Click on the the plus (+) signs in the image to learn more about each phase, as defined by Somma (2008). 

References: Available in H5P metadata. 

Attribution: This activity is used in the Arts & Science Internship Program's open educational resource, "Ideation and Planning Skills for Employment Success", available through eCampusOntario's Open Library in Spring 2023.

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