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Running the Project and Stage-Gate Reviews
By The Office of Government Commerce – OGC, UK

The complexity and context for the project will determine whether the implementation phase of the project is carried out in a single stage or broken down into two or more stages so that appropriate levels of management control can be applied. Each stage ends with a decision point on whether to continue with the project or not; this is a stage boundary, a control point in the project when progress and deliverables are reviewed by senior management before approval to proceed to the next stage. Where applicable, these decision points are preceded by Gateway reviews.

Planning and controlling each stage as well as managing product delivery are key project management processes that are supported by Project Plans and reports against such plans. Monitoring and control activities need to be in place to ensure that a stage stays on course and responds to unexpected events.

Successful delivery toolkit, the Office of Government Commerce – © Crown Copyright 2009

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