The Realization phase

Thinking from the start phase is now put into practice.

  • Keep the tempo up through active daily management, resolving issues and removing obstacles as early as possible.
  • Focus on achievements, e.g. passing milestones.
  • Strive for early and successive deliveries.
  • Follow up performance, update plans, take corrective action, be decisive.
  • Deal with minor changes operationally by using a decision log.
  • Deal with decisions that affect the project arena by using a change log.
  • Report status, with prognosis, regularly and in the event of changes.
  • Prepare and present documentation for the gate decisions.
  • Prepare early and deliver, possibly making use of successive deliveries.


The Realization phase –
Successive deliveries

Strive for early and successive deliveries.

Breaking up an otherwise long realization phase into several shorter increments has several advantages:

  • The team gets clear interim results to aim for, which gives clarity and focus.
  • The team are continually delivering parts of the end-result which brings benefit to the organization much earlier than waiting for one big delivery at the end.
  • The customer/users are continually accepting deliverables and getting to implement the results which means they can gain benefit earlier.
  • Customer/users can give feedback to the project team who can use that to make continuous adjustments and improvements to future deliveries.
  • Progress and status in the project is often so apparent, due to the fact that results are highly visible and can even be demonstrated, that traditional status reporting may no longer be required.
  • The team’s working methods can be successively improved before moving on to the next increment.


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