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The Project Execution Phase is the third phase in the project life cycle. In this phase, you will build the physical project deliverables and present them to your customer for signoff. The Project Execution Phase is usually the longest phase in the project life cycle and it typically consumes the most energy and the most resources. To enable you to monitor and control the project during this phase, you will need to implement a range of management processes. These processes help you to manage time, cost, quality, change, risks and issues. They also help you to manage procurement, customer acceptance and communications.

Project Execution Methodology

It is important to note that project execution relies heavily on the plans developed in the Planning Phase. There is already enough work to do within the Execution Phase of the project, therefore having to reinvent ways of dealing with risk, change requests, training and resource issues, and other such obstacles to progress are impractical and undesirable. It is also critical during the Execution Phase that the Project Manager supports and monitors the execution of other important project plans such as the Communications Plan, the Risk Plan and Procurement Plan via daily interaction with the project team and stakeholders.

Once a project moves into the Execution Phase, the project team and the necessary resources to carry out the project should be in place and ready to perform project activities. The Project Plan should have been completed and baselined by this time as well. The project team and specifically the Project Manager’s focus now shifts from planning the project efforts to participating in, observing, and analyzing the work being done.