The Project Life Cycle Framework leverages project management as the overarching process which coordinates the underlying life cycle processes of project funding approval, acquisition and system development. At various stages in the project life cycle, each of the underlying processes may occur and overlap with each other based on a variety of factors including control agency requirements.
Project approval and funding must be obtained prior to completion of the acquisition activities and before any activities begin during the system development phases. These life cycle activities, while discrete, are often intertwined due to certain dependencies on each other. The exact timing of these activities will be based on organizational, project, and control agency requirements.