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Project Life Cycle vs. Project Management Life Cycle (#3 in the series PMI Project Life Cycle)
By Brian Denis Egan, B.Sc, M.Sc., M.B.A., PMP – Global Knowledge Course Director

The ”Project Management Life Cycle” is different from the Project Life Cycle. But the terms are often confused.

The Project Management Life Cycle refers to the development phases that a project can go through. For example:

  • Evaluate – Design – Build – Test – Launch
  • Design – Code – Test – Train – Release

The phases that a project goes through are determined by the nature of the project. The Project Management Life Cycle is tailored to suit individual project needs.

In contrast, the Project Life Cycle stays the same for all projects ( initiate, plan, execute, control, close).

About the Author

Brian Denis Egan is CEO of a manufacturing company (Book Box Company) and a management consultant. He has written three professional development manuals and numerous white papers on aspects of management science. Since 2000, Brian has been a part-time instructor for Global Knowledge within the Management product line.

This article was originally published in Global Knowledge’s Business Brief e-newsletter. Global Knowledge delivers comprehensive hands-on project management, business process, and professional skills training. Visit our online Knowledge Center at for free white papers, webinars, and more.

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