A Guide to Project Management
This 13-page eBook is a guide to tools, process, plans and project planning tips. There are rules, processes, and tools for project planning and project management.
While P.M. skills are important for managers, the methods and tools that p.m.’s use can be helpful for everyone. Project management techniques and planning tools are useful for tasks which different outcomes are possible. Where risks of problems and failures exist. That require planning and assessing options, and organising activities and resources to deliver a successful result.
What is P.M.?
Project management is the application of processes, methods, skills, knowledge and experience. To achieve specific objectives according to the acceptance criteria and agreed parameters. P.M.’s have final deliverables that are constrained to a timescale and budget.
A key factor that distinguishes project leadership from just ‘management’ is that it has a final deliverable and a finite timespan. Not like management, which is an ongoing process. Because of this, a project professional needs a wide range of skills. Often technical skills, and certainly people management skills and good business awareness.
Anyone and everyone manages projects, even though they aren’t formally a ‘project manager’. Ever organised an event? That’s a project you managed with a team of people, and it is life skill for all. More importantly, projects crop up in all industries and business:
- Transport and Infrastructure
- Product manufacture
- Building and Construction
- Finance and Law
In summary, Project management is designed to produce an end product that will effect a positive change for an organisation. It is the planning and control of a range of tasks required to deliver this end product. Endeavours that require formal management are those that:
- produce something new or altered, tangible or intangible;
- have a finite timespan: a definite start and end;
- are likely to be complex in terms of work or groups involved;
- require the management of change;
- require the management of risks.
Investment in effective project management will have a number of benefits, such as:
- providing a greater likelihood of achieving the desired result;
- ensuring efficient and best value use of resources;
- satisfying the differing needs of the project’s stakeholders.