Stages in Project Management

A properly implemented project isn't an overnight task. It takes several hours of putting resources together to achieve the goals. In the same vein, there are several stages in project management. Each of these stages are mutually exclusive. A stage must be finalized before moving to another.

The stages involved in project management

1. The Beginning, outlining goals and objectives: it is at the beginning stage that the project manager outlines the aims of the project, how long the project would take and how much human and material resources are needed. This stage involves the project manager drafting out the mode of operation, the amount of technical and administrative support needed and duration of the project. An ideal project manager will have this working manuscript or plan written down and thereafter set down for work.

2. The Resource Stage: it is at this stage that the project manager having crafted his plans out, source for the right human and material resources needed to fulfil the task. Here, he sources for the team members and other resources needed. The project manager should ensure that capable hands are selected into the team to avoid loopholes.

3. The Brainstorming stage: at this stage, the project manager summons a gathering of the team members, and reads out his plans, the objectives and all he had crafted out to them. It is here that the members are officially acquainted of the tasks ahead of them.
The project manager should allow the members to make effective contribution to the project at hand and welcome progressive contributions. Some of the plans of the project manager may have to be amended at this stage and at the end, all the team members would have a single focus and plan of action. The objectives of the project must be clearly stated to the members and everyone should align their interest towards it.

4. The Implementation Stage: this is the stage where all the plans are put into action. This stage involves the full Implementation of the project plans. The project manager serving as supervisor cum director would assign tasks to each of the members, delegate responsibilities and ensure that all measures are strictly adhered to.
A wrong move taken at this level can mar the plans, hence, the project manager must be proactive, overseeing and ensuring compliance to regulations. To lessen the burden, he can appoint a head from the team members across various divisions.

5. The Project Finalization Stage: here, the project has been completed and ready for delivery to the clients. The project manager should ensure that all members submit any property in their custody, remunerate the team members as appropriately agreed, and hand over the project to the client.

6. The Feedback Stage: it is at this stage that the project manager receives feedback from the client about the project, and perform the necessary adjustments. Also, the manager should inform the team members about the development and when every righteousness has been fulfilled, he should send a message to the team members appreciating them for a job well done so as to prepare their minds towards future projects.
It is also imperative that the project manager keeps a written record of the project documented for future reference.

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