PMBOK's Five-Phase Project Lifecyle: An Overview

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Click through this slideshow to learn more about the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) approach to project lifecycle management.

This slideshow is based on a 90-page report from The Art of Service, which you can download in its entirety here. Be sure to check out other project management resources from our partner, including:

The Project Manager's ToolkitThe Project Manager's Toolkit contains over 80 documents and templates that explain and guide you through today's highest standards of project management. It contains documentation and templates that guide you from the conceptual stage of projects through the post-implementation review. And you get helpful tips and advice every step of the way.


In 1969, five volunteers founded the Project Management Institute (PMI). Their aim was to set standards for project management, conduct research in improving the way projects are managed, and to provide the growing number of project managers the opportunity to exchange knowledge and educate themselves in the disciplines of project management.

Since then, PMI has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an accredited standards developer. One particular standard is the Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). The standard began in 1987 as an attempt to standardize the information and practices of project management that are generally accepted as good practice by the community of project managers.

This slideshow, based on research by our partners The Art of Service, gives you a strong overview of the five phases of the PMBOK methodology:

  1. Initiate
  2. Plan
  3. Executing
  4. Controlling
  5. Closing

For an even more in-depth look at PMBOK and how it can help ensure success for your project, download the full 90-page presentation from Art of Service. You should also check out the additional project management resources listed to the right.


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