Project Management

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In the past few decades, Organisations have discovered something incredible: principles that have been used to create enormous successes in large projects can be applied to projects of any size to create amazing success. As a result, many employees are expected to understand project management techniques and how to apply them to projects of any size.

A project is a limited endeavour (meaning it has specific start and finish dates) that is undertaken to meet particular goals and objectives. Projects are different than processes or everyday operations, which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional work taken on to produce products or services.

Project management is the combined art and science of planning, organising, and managing resources to get a particular project done on time, within budget, and with the results that the Organisation set out to achieve.

A project manager is the person responsible and accountable for accomplishing the stated project objectives. Key project management responsibilities include creating clear and attainable project objectives, building the project requirements, and managing the triple constraint for projects.

The project manager is often required to perform a juggling act, balancing what the customer wants, and needs with what the team can provide in a particular time frame and with a particular budget. A successful project manager has a hodgepodge of skills and continues learning.

The first phase of project management is initiation. This is where the project starts to take shape. Stakeholders and team member’s work together to identify wants and needs, and then the project team creates a plan to accomplish the objectives with the time and budget available. This Chapter will explore the first part of that process: identifying what success will look like for your particular project.

We hope that your journey to improve your project management skills is just beginning. Please take a moment to review and update your action plan. This will be a key tool to guide your progress in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

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