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APMP Section 2

Project life cycles

Agile A family of development methodologies where requirements and solutions are developed iteratively throughout the life cycle.
Closure The formal end point of a project or programme, either because it has been completed or because it has been terminated early.
Concept Concept is the first phase in the project or programme life cycle. During this phase the need, opportunity or problem is confirmed, the overall feasibility of the work is considered and a preferred solution identified
Define The phase of a portfolio life cycle where the projects, programmes and change to business-as-usual required to meet strategic objectives are identified and evaluated.
Definition The second phase of a project or programme life cycle where requirements are refined, the preferred solution is identified and ways of achieving it are identified.
Extended life cycle A life cycle model that includes the operation of outputs and realisation of benefits.
Handover The point in the life cycle where deliverables are handed over to the sponsor and users.
Initial The first level of a typical maturity model where processes are typically ad hoc and occasionally chaotic.
Life cycle The inter-related phases of a project, programme or portfolio and provides a structure for governing the progression of work.
Phase The major subdivision of a life cycle.
Repeatable The second level of a typical maturity model where basic processes are established and the necessary discipline is in place to repeat earlier successes.
Rolling wave planning The process whereby short term work is planned in detail and longer term work is planned in outline only.
Spiral life cycle A life cycle model that combines features of both iterative development and the waterfall method.
Sprint A regular repeatable work cycle in agile development. Also known as an ‘iteration’.
Stage A sub-division of the development phase of a project created to facilitate approval gates at suitable points in the life cycle.
Termination The decommissioning and disposal of a deliverable at the end of its useful life.
V life cycle A graphical representation of a life cycle where horizontal lines connect related front and back-end phases.
Waterfall model A type of life cycle where phases are sequential.
Knowledge management The systematic management of information and learning. It turns personal information and experience into collective knowledge that can be widely shared throughout an organisation and a profession.
Lessons learned Documented experiences that can be used to improve the future management of projects, programmes and portfolios.
Reviews A review is a critical evaluation of a deliverable, business case or P3 management process.
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