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SB - Managing a Stage Boundary

The purpose of the Managing a Stage Boundary process is to enable the Project Board to be provided with sufficient information by the Project Manager so that it can review the success of the current stage, approve the next Stage Plan, review the updated Project Plan, and confirm continued business justification and acceptability of the risks

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Managing a Stage Boundary (SB)
Project Name:
Maturity Model Rating For This Phase
Score 1
Score 2
Score 3
Score 4
Score 5
Level 1 - Initial
• Methodology is not being adopted
• Uncontrolled
Level 2 - Managed
• Very Low adoption of methodology
• Very low level of control
Level 3 - Defined
• Low adoption of methodology
• Low level of control
Level 4 - Quality
• Good adoption of methodology
• Good level of control
Level 5 - Optimised
• Full adoption of methodology
• Under full control
Phase Analysis


Criteria Question Compliance Quality
Planning A Stage
Is there a next stage plan for each defined management stage?
Are stage plans completed and include all planning criteria (listed in the planning section)?
Is next stage planning carried out toward the end of the preceding stage?
Are stage plans consistent with the project plan?
Are stage tolerances documented?
Are constraints, external dependencies and assumptions clearly captured?
Does the stage plan include the time and effort of the Project Management Team (Project Manager, Project Support, Project Board?)
Does the stage plan include project management tasks (risk analysis and other management products)?
Have details of the activities to be conducted during a stage, their time-scales, and the resources needed to carry them out been documented?
Have the stage plans been subject to a documented QA review?
Have the stage plans been approved by the project board and authorisation
given to proceed?
Is the baseline stage plan subject to configuration control and management?
Is the current stage plan up to date?
Are stage check point reviews planned to confirm the stage is on track?
Does the stage plan include management products?
Does the stage plan include project specialist products?
Does the stage plan include QA review schedule?
Does the stage plan include key communication activity?
Does the stage plan include checkpoints to confirm the project is on track?
Updating A Project Plan
Has the project plan been updated to account for exception plans?
Has the project plan been updated to account for detailed stage planning?
Updating A Project Business Case
Has the business case been updated (where necessary) at project stage ends?
Updating The Risk Log
Have stage plan risks been identified in the risk log?
Have risks been reviewed and identified at each project end stage?
Reporting Stage End
Is there an end stage report?
Has the end stage assessment been conducted to account and recorded in the end stage report?
Has the lessons learnt log been updated?
Has the communications plan been updated?
Have configuration item records been updated?
Have the stage end report been subject to a documented QA Review.
Has the end stage report been approved by the project board?
Was the next stage plan approved by the project board with authority to proceed?
Producing An Exception Plan
Have exception plans been produced following exception reports?
Have exception plans been presented and approved by the Project Board?
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