Glen Alleman tells us why he doesn’t like stage gates (here) and a number of readers respond in the comments.
Per my comment, “gates” (we call them Q-Gates) are pointless if they aren’t closely tied to the status, progress, and forecast of the deliverables in question. Back in the day, too many “gates” didn’t vary enough during the project lifecycle…too many “gates” were simply an occasion to run through a generic checklist. More of a CYA exercise, in other words.
Anyway, check out the post and comments. It will make you look twice at whether your stage or Q-gates are there only for show.