• Testing and commissioning

More companies are preparing procedural manuals for project management and for structuring work using life-cycle phases. There are several reasons for this trend:

• Clear delineation of the work to be accomplished in each phase may be possible.

• Pricing and estimating may be easier if well-structured work definitions exist.

• Key decision points exist at the end of each life-cycle phase so that incremental funding is possible.

As a final note, the reader should be aware that not all projects can be simply transposed into life-cycle phases (e.g., R&D). It might be possible (even in the same company) for different definitions of life-cycle phases to exist because of schedule length, complexity, or just the difficulty of managing the phases.

FIGURE 2-23. Definition of a project life cycle.

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