What Is the Difference Between Project Stages and Project Phases?

While both the Project Stages and Project Phases are considered to be Project Boundaries, they do not mean the same thing.

Here’s the main difference between Project Stages and Project Phases:

  • Project Stages are represented by intervals between each and every Project Board Meeting. Project Stages are critical to the livelihood of a project, since at the end of each Project Stage, the Project Board might decide whether to continue with, abandon, or kill a project.
  • Project Phases, on the other hand, are about separating sequential work in a project into different types. For example, an IT project can have the Procurement Phase, followed by an Implementation Phase, and then the Testing Phase.

Clearly, Project Stages differ substantially from Project Phases and there should be no reason that these two terms (that may sound the same) be confused.

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