PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE
- THE WORLD OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
- THE MANAGER, THE ORGANIZATION, AND THE TEAM
- PLANNING THE PROJECT
- BUDGETING THE PROJECT
- SCHEDULING THE PROJECT
- ALLOCATING RESOURCES TO THE PROJECT
- MONITORING AND CONTROLLING THE PROJECT
- EVALUATING AND TERMINATING THE PROJECT
WHAT IS A PROJECT?
Why this emphasis on project management? The answer is simple: Daily, organizations
are asked to accomplish tasks that do not fi t neatly into business - as - usual. A software
group may be asked to develop an application program that will access U.S. government
data on certain commodity prices and generate records on the value of commodity
inventories held by a fi rm; the software must be available for use on April 1. The
Illinois State Bureau for Children ’ s Services may require an annually updated census
of all Illinois resident children, aged 17 years or younger, living with an illiterate single
parent; the census must begin in 18 months.
Note that each task is specifi c and unique with a specifi c deliverable aimed at meeting
a specifi c need or purpose . These are projects . The routine issuance of reports on the
value of commodity inventories, the routine counseling of single parents on nurturing
their offspring — these are not projects. The difference between a project and a nonproject
is not always crystal clear. For almost any precise defi nition, we can point to exceptions.