Project Management

What is Project Management?

A project is temporary, it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.
A project is unique, it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal.
A project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies.
Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

First let’s understand the goals of a Project Manager (2min):

Key points:

  • The main goal of a PM is to “get things done“.
  • It’s about knowing exactly what you want to achieve, how you want to achieve it and how long it will take.
  • You need to be sure that every one is involved, share & understand those aims
  • The project manager should take care of the famous triangle : Time, Cost & Scope/Quality
  • Always remember that “at in his best, Project management is virtually invisible“,  and lead to an absence of problem.
  • The article How to operate explains this more in debt

 

More about Project Management

Now let’s have a big dive of the real role of a Project Manager (1H47):

Key points:

PM has always been practiced informally, but began to emerge as a distinct profession in the mid-20th century.
PMI’s “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK®Guide) identifies its recurring elements:

Project management processes fall into five groups:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing

Project management knowledge draws on ten areas:

  • Integration
  • Scope
  • Time
  • Cost
  • Quality
  • Procurement
  • Human resources
  • Communications
  • Risk management
  • Stakeholder management

All management is concerned with these, of course.
But project management brings a unique focus shaped by the goals, resources and schedule of each project. ” Project Management Institute

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