Stage 1: Exploratory – you are exploring an idea or initiative on your own or with a group of key allies and project partners. You keep hearing “somebody oughta” and you and your team have decided to become those somebodies. Projects in this stage are often focused on feasibility.
Stage 2: Preliminary – you have determined a project’s scope and goals, and the people involved are committed. The initiative is not yet operational, so projects in this stage are focused on gathering support and marshaling resources.
Stage 3: Implementation – you are ready to start the outward-facing work, or have recently begun. Projects in this phase have defined roles and responsibilities, and are primarily focused on uptake of services or development of resources.
Stage 4: Operational maintenance – projects in this phase are meant to deepen or extend a program’s services or offerings.