The Stage Gate Process is a technique for innovation management in which a new initiative is divided into specific phases separated by decision points along the way.
What is the Stage Gate Process, and what are best practices, tools and templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of the Stage Gate Process
Description of the Stage Gate Process
Stage Gate Process describes the steps or stages of an optimal new product process. Also known as the Phase Gate Process, the approach involves establishing a number of “gates” that are linked to specific decision-criteria that are used to evaluate ideas. Ideas that meet the criteria pass through the gate and move to the next stage of development. At each stage, approval must be granted before moving on to the next phase of product development. To obtain approval at each stage, specific cross-functional activities must be successfully completed or specific metrics achieved.
The traditional Stage Gate Process has five phases with four gates:
- Build business case
- Testing and validation
Each stage is preceded by a gate or go/kill decision point. If the the previously agreed-upon deliverables have been met, and management agrees to continue with the project, the team would also secure the necessary resources for the next stage of development.
The benefits of Stage Gate Process include the ability to identify problems and fix them before the project gets too far along. It can help minimize risk including reduce costs, increase speed to market, and improve the end-user experience.
upBOARD's Online Stage Gate Process Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional Stage Gate templates in MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, upBOARD’s online Stage Gate Process management tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin collaborating with our templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.