Project Go-Live refers to a period in the development process of a project when the goals of this project are accomplished, desired outcome is produced, and deliverables are accepted, so the project is ready for further realization and maintenance. It is an ending phase that embraces the timeframe between project completion and handover. Deployment is another name of the project go-live phase.
The go-live phase can be presented as a methodological process that aims to introduce a project into all applicable areas of an organization. This process takes the following steps:
- Handover: a project is executed, its deliverables are produced and its product is handed over to the customer
- Deployment: the project is deployed and its product is in use
- Maintenance: the project and its product are maintained to solve technical, financial or another issues
Here’s an example: a website development project goes live when the website becomes viewable to online community. The website is handed over to the customer, the project team ensures technical viability and deployment of the website, and then the maintenance team provides all necessary support and advice to keep the website operating and live.