Lifecycle Stages & Phases

A lifecycle describes the different stages and phases of an Element e.g. Business Application during its full lifetime. 


A lifecycle describes the different stages and phases of an Element e.g. Business Application during its full lifetime. 

Lifecycle Stages

Every Element is passing these lifecycle stages during its lifetime:

  • INITIALIZATION – comprises the preparation and planning timeframe, including evaluation, review and approval
  • PRODUCTIVE – describes the period where the Portfolio Element is used actively within the enterprise
  • EXPIRATION – is the sun-setting period, where Portfolio Elements are removed and not being deployed again
  • EXCEPTIONAL – a defined waiver which allows the usage for a limited time-period
  • NON-PRODUCTIVE – describes the stage at which the Portfolio Element is completely removed from productive usage


To simplify the lifecycle management and minimize the amount of required data, we have decided to not use end/stop dates for each lifecycle phase. The successors lifecycle start date is the end/stop date of the predecessor.

Each lifecycle disposition of the non-productive stage is finalizing i.e. is the end/stop date of the entire lifecycle.

Lifecycle Phases / Dispositions

Each lifecycle has various lifecycle phases. Each lifecycle phase i.e. disposition describes a specific time-frame within a lifecycle stage, which is a result of a decision, or a natural or forced progression during the evolution of an element. For example, the manufacturer discontinues the production of a hardware product model and indicates this for the market by putting the lifecycle phase from General Available to End of Life and then to Obsolete.

Internal Lifecycle

The Internal Lifecycle represents any elements intended internal utilization. We have defined two different lifecycles for the following objects:

  • Logical Objects — Conceptional, logical objects e.g. Business Capabilities, Information Objects
  • Transformational Objects — Change, transformational related objects e.g. Goals, Projects

Active vs. In Production

We prefer to use the term "Active" instead of "In Production" for logical objects. "In Production" makes more sense for deployed instances of deployable (logical) things. In the UPM-X context we primarily manage conceptional and logical objects.

Usage Lifecycle

The Usage Lifecycle is an enhancement as part of the "Usage Table" in UPM-X.

Standards Lifecycle

Representing the Standards Lifecycle is key for Patterns, Software & Hardware Products. The Standards Lifecycle can be applied on any CMDB/CSDM table on demand.

Manufacturer Lifecycle

The lifecycle defined by the manufacturer of a product. If available, the data can be automatically loaded in UPM-X and visualized accordingly.

UPM·X Lifecycles

UPM-X Lifecycle Stages and Phases

Lifecycle Phases & Colors

The amount of lifecycle dispositions, order and color can be changed by the UPM-X Admin following these instructions.

Default Lifecycle Colors

<#BAD5DE> Concept, Evaluating, Requested 
<#61B7E5> Planning
<#2295D3> Under Review
<#9CABA5> Beta
<#71847C> Limited Available
<#00E118> Rollout
<#0CAC17> Active, Standard, General Available
<#FFB401> Expiring, End of Life
<#CB958E> Waiver, Exception, Extended Support
<#C00000> Obsolete
<#08720F> Completed
<#999999> Canceled, Rejected
<#1F2232> Blacklisted