Deconstructing the Project Management Process

The 5 phases every project manager needs to know

Illustration showing five project management processes

In order to do so, project managers focus on five process groups, or phases:

Graphic showing full project management process and all phases
Graphic showing full project management process and all phases

1. Initiation

Graphic highlighting initiation phase of project management process
Graphic highlighting initiation phase of project management process

2. Planning

Graphic highlighting planning phase of project management process
Graphic highlighting planning phase of project management process

Resource management

Risk management

Communications management

Quality management

3. Execution

Graphic highlighting executing phase of project management process
Graphic highlighting executing phase of project management process

4. Monitoring and Control

Graphic showing monitor and control phase of project management process
Graphic showing monitor and control phase of project management process

5. Closing

Graphic showing closing phase of project management process
Graphic showing closing phase of project management process

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