Project Flow is an indicator of change planned for occurrence within a project over time. It shows the movement of project product from its conceptualization and design through delivery and deployment. Project flow describes a preset sequence of activities required to plan, produce, deliver and maintain project product, along with information, materials, and resources required by the project.
Project flow is a convenient way to define and plan projects. It helps link project budget and schedule to project activities and tasks. Traditionally it is designed in the form of a chart or diagram which is a great tool to visually represent how a project is supposed to produce and deploy its product. Simple tree-like lists or hierarchies of project activities are also used to map out and depict project flow.
There are key components that create project flow. These components are:
- Project activities and tasks
- Any dependencies between activities and tasks
- Budget and resources
- Schedule and activity time-frames
- Information required to maintain project activities
- Project deliverables.