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I am working on an assessment plan for a project. The project is divided into three phases, and each is to be assessed separately.

The first two phases are called pilot and implementation. The third phase is called continuation, but I feel there is a better word for this.

I want to capture in a single word the essence of this phase - that we will reassess and refine the project periodically after implementation and that this phase is entirely in the future. I have not liked any of the thesaurus suggestions for continuous, continuation, or future.

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How about "updates"? Or maybe "refinements." – Sven Yargs Mar 7 '13 at 3:23
Single word is difficult. Maintenance. Operations. Two or three words as a phrase spring to mind: Business as ususal, often shortened to BAU, Continuous Improvement (CI), but there is a framework and mindset associated with that, Life Cycle, maybe. – teylyn Mar 7 '13 at 8:16
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I would recommend calling it the Sustaining phase. This is common parlance in project management for the phase that comes after launch, where you refine/maintain the project.

Some other terms that might fit include:

  • Refinement
  • Maintenance
  • Launch
  • Deployment
  • or even, as you said originally - Continuation
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I like sustaining. – Ben Norris Mar 7 '13 at 12:06

Assessment. Evaluation. Analysis. Critique. Valuation.

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The project is up and running.

Or maybe pilot -> implementation -> operation.

The project is in the production phase.

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I would prefer administration.

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Why would you prefer "administration"? – Hugo Mar 7 '13 at 7:27
Because, after implementation they take stock of things, reassess, refine, reevaluate with an objective to control/administer time/activities/costs. So I think "administration" could be one of the choices. – Vijjy Mar 7 '13 at 12:22
OK, please edit that into your answer, it makes it much more useful when you explain your choice. Thanks! – Hugo Mar 7 '13 at 15:02

Another possible word is ensuing which means "following, succeeding, etc.".

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