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Understanding the project lifecycle

We have developed our 4D approach to how projects are understood and defined through to successful delivery. Whilst this can often be expressed as a linear sequence, we see a full circle process that facilitates constant learning and experience to benefit all stages of development, design and delivery whilst acknowledging that duration is also the other critical influence.

Successful projects or programs will need to understand and define clearly several key elements;

Plan for what is not known more than what is known

Project or Program requirements as early as possible and devise a clear strategy for what is not known and when it will be defined

One team mentality and approach

Ensure that their is common culture across all areas of the project and that all contributors have a common platform for communication and objectives.

Take everybody on the same journey

Critical to ensure that all parties are heading in the same direction and with the same understanding. 

Manage Expectations and Remove Ambiguity

Clear and timely engagement and communication with internal and external stakeholders will avoid misunderstanding and secure support at all stages of the cycle.

People, Process and Tools all have a role

Projects perform best when these are all aligned and one is not stifling the other. All have a role to play but ultimately people make projects.

Feedback and Learning should be continuous 

The learning of the development, design and delivery stages all need to inform the entire project cycle.

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