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Managing Stage Gates


This best practice offers guidelines for using gates for process and project governance, and for new product development. 

Although the concept of using gates as decision points has been around for decades, including in Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) models, Robert Cooper and Scott Edgett formalized a methodology around it for the purposes of new product development. The concept behind their methodology is to have predetermined decision checkpoint in driving a product to market.

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