Project Management 101


Index | 1. Introduction / In general ... | 2. Logical Sequence and Work | 3. Why Use Project Management?
4. Planning and Organizing the Work | 5. Quality Management
6A. Sequencing the Work of the Project | 6B. Sequencing the Work of the Project
7. Project Manager's Responsibility | 8A. Creating a Team to Do the Work | 8B. Creating a Team to Do the Work
9. Corporate Management's Responsibilities | 10. Achieving Project Success
11. Transitioning the Product and Completing the Project

1.   Introduction



What is a project?

A project is:

  • "An activity of limited duration
  • The purpose of which is to create some sort of outcome
  • That has generally not been done before, and
  • The achievement of which signals completion of the activity".

There are a lot of other more formal, but less descriptive, ones, so this gives us the best impression.


Where do projects come from?

  • Someone, somewhere has a vision of how things might be changed.

So projects are about "change".



Project activities are then typically launched to develop the idea, that is,

  • To take advantage of an opportunity,
  • To satisfy a need or
  • To solve a problem.

This is done by creating a new product or service.

And the outcome is typically known as a "deliverable".

Not all activities are projects, of course.

Things that you do regularly, as a matter of course, are not projects.

However, some things that you wish to do, you can deliberately make into a project, and that requires additional effort.


For example, getting breakfast every morning does not need to be a project

That's because you know exactly what to do you've done it so many times before!

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But getting your youngsters to get breakfast for the first time on a camping trip could well be a project!

If you decide to make this breakfast getting exercise a project, then you may not realize it but what you are doing is project management!


In short,
Project management is a management technique

  • For getting things done faster
  • And the things done right, more cost-effectively.

Bear in mind, however, that managing the project is not the same thing as managing the technology embedded in the project.


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