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1 Introducing Project Management
1.2 Defining What a Project Is - and Is Not
What does 'Projects are Temporary' Mean?- Temporary usually means that the project is temporary, but not the deliverable
- The result is to create something that will be around longer than the process it took to create it.
- The deliverable can be temporarily or not (picnic vs skyscraper)
- Temporary describes the market window (fads (=rage) and opportunities)
- The project team is there temporary (or even shorter than the project lifecycle)
What does 'projects are unique' mean?- Every project you ever do is different from all the other projects you've done in the past
- Each project has unique factors such as the time it takes, the stakeholders involved, the environment in which the project takes place etc.
1.3 Defining Project Management
Which project management knowledge areas are being recognized- Project Integration Management
- Project Scope Management
- Project Time Management
- Project Cost Management
- Project Quality Management
- Project Human Resource Management
- Project Communications Management
- Project Risk Management
- Project Stakeholder Management
- Project Procurement Management
Why is it important to understand the different knowledge areas?Because what you do in one area has a direct effect on what happens on the other knowledge areas.
What is the ongoing concern of a project manager?To keep stakeholders satisfied on project progress by:
- communicating project status
- showing evidence of progression towards project completion
- keeping the project constraints in balance
- communicating project status
What is a project constraint? And what are examples of project constraints?Anything that you're required to do or maintain. Most common are time, costs and scope but also quality, resources and risk should be considered.
What is project integration management? And why is it important?It is the coordination of events happening in the various project management knowledge areas. Since what happens in one area affects what happens in other areas.
How does progressive elaboration support a project when it moves closer to completion?As a project moves closer to project completion you need to revisit and monitor the needs that launched the project. Progressive collaboration helps in understanding those needs and the ability to meet those needs.
What are project management application areas? Why are these important?These are areas or disciplines in which project management can be applied. Although the project work in these areas is different between and unique for the different areas, the project management approach is basically the same for all project types.
What do we understand under 'The Project Environment?'The project environment is a term to describe the impact the project will have, good or bad, on the cultural, political, and physical environments.