Project Management Basics

What is a project ?


A project is any unique undertaking with a defined scope of work, and defined start and end points.  This contrasts to "operations", which are ongoing and repetitive.


What is project management ?


Project management is the application of skills, knowledge, and tools to achieve the predetermined project objectives.


Who uses project management ?


Many formal project management techniques were developed in the 1960’s as part of the defense programs.  Today these techniques are used in every area of society, from government agencies to non-profits, and from engineering companies to service industries.


Can project management techniques be applied to any kind of project ?


Yes.  Any project, from a single one-person project to a multi-billion dollar venture can benefit from project management.


What areas does project management cover, to help ensure successful projects ?


The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), a widely recognized compilation of project management best practices from the Project Management Institute (PMI), describes 9 project management knowledge areas:

What are project management processes ?


Project management processes focus on the management of the project, rather than on the technical project content.


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