Description: Project Execution (or implementation) is the phase in which the plans designed in prior phases of the project are put into action. The purpose of project execution is to deliver the project’s expected results (deliverable(s) and other direct outputs). Typically, this is the longest phase of the project management lifecycle, where most resources are applied.
During project execution the execution team utilizes the schedule, procedures and templates that were prepared and anticipated during prior Initiation and Planning phases. Unanticipated events and situations will inevitably be encountered, and the Project Manager and Project Team will have to deal with them as they come up.
In the standard division of project management discipline this phase is called "Project Execution and Control"; the term "control" is included here because execution is not a blind implementation of what was written in advance but a watchful process where doing things goes along with understanding what is being done, and re-doing it or doing it differently when the action does not fully correspond to what was intended. This "control" is an integral part of project management and is a necessary task of the project manager. When the whole team is working closely together, control, monitoring and evaluation move hand-in-hand to support and give added value to each other.
The key elements of project execution is the ability of working effectively in the team and the ability to remain faithful to project scope while facing unpredicted events and difficulties.