Welcome to the first topic of the Simplified Series: project management. Most of what I will talk about is project management according to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), a standard of the Project Management Institute.
So, what’s it all about?
A project is a temporary endeavor with a defined beginning and a defined end. It can be a product, service, or anything else that fits within the definition.
Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to meet the project’s requirements and ultimately bring it to fruition.
Projects can be easily confused with operational activities. Operations are ongoing, repeatable activities conducted by an organization. A project has a defined beginning and a defined end. The results of a project can be implemented into operational activities. If the project was to switch from one database software to the other, the result is the software that you will use for daily operations.
Have you managed a project before? The answer is most likely yes. Have you planned a vacation? Have you ever written a research paper for school? Well, then you’re already a project manager! We all are in our daily lives without even realizing it.
What kinds of projects might you be engaging in at work?
Small businesses: you could be developing and introducing a new product to market, creating a new marketing campaign, and implementing a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.
Nonprofits: you could be developing and introducing a new program to your constituents, creating a new marketing campaign, and implementing a new donor database system.
Future posts on this topic will delve deeper into project management topics such as planning, executing, communications management, time management, and others.
What projects are you engaging in right now?