The importance of phase gates in project management.
Project managers: Have you ever felt guilty of missing a phase gate? Did that ever happen to you? A very small or rare percentage of PM’s encounter this state, because they are very diligent on their plans and following the SDLC process for the organizations. The entry and exit criteria of a phase are vital for the success of any project.
But, the phase gates are defined a little differently in each organization. Part of it can be attributed to the type of project/program someone is managing. For example, it could be different for an infrastructure project vs a health care reform project. And again it could vary from coming from a fixed schedule vs fixed budget projects. And furthermore, can differ from waterfall vs agile methodology or framework. In any case, the importance of phase gates can never be undermined. Here is why.
- Phase gates act as a gospel to your project management plan.
- Phase gates act as a wake up call
- Phase gates act like a cheat sheet.