Stage or project gating ensures that projects cannot progress further than the end of a defined stage before they are reviewed by senior management.
An indicative overall project plan is prepared but the project is actually divided into several management stages. Authority to expand organizational resources is provided one management stage at a time, including the specification of tolerances or constraints within which the project team must work.
Project managers know their boundaries, sponsors and senior managers don't need to micro-manage, and project progress is controlled at appropriate times and at the appropriate level.
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Frank Townson served over 34 years in the federal public service with Industry Canada, Treasury Board and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). At DFAIT, he served as Director, Berlin Embassy Project; Director, Project Implementation; Director, Professional and Technical Services; and Director, Property Portfolio Management. Since retiring from DFAIT in 2004, he has acquired an additional fourteen years’ private sector experience in project management consulting and project and risk management training services. Frank holds the PRINCE2 2017 (Practitioner), the Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP), and the Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) certifications. In addition, he holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Laurentian University.