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Posted: May 5, 2015
By: Janet A. Johnson
Everyone at some point in life manages a project, whether or not they realize it. While most use ad hoc methods, it is important to note that the various processes in formal Project Management can generally be identified at some level. This leads me to believe that learning the basics would be beneficial to most people, as they plan events in their daily lives. The planning process would help to provide structure, and offer ways to improve time, quality, and price, while managing the risks and scope of the project. Now who wouldn’t want that?
The Project Management Institute has defined projects as any temporary endeavor that is undertaken to create a unique product or service; the key criteria being temporary as it must have a beginning and end time, and unique as it must be somewhat different from other products and services. With that said, I can safely say that everyone at some point in life has had to manage a project of some sort. Here are some everyday examples to consider:
All these examples fit in the definition of temporary and unique. Furthermore the five processes (initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing) are typically utilized at some level. Let’s use creating a new menu as an example and walk through the steps for this project.
Can you see how simple events fit the project definition? Formal process planning can provide efficiency to the process. Project managers around the world have recognized the benefits of utilizing formalized methods, instead of applying ad hoc means to attacking projects. Imagine having to work on complex projects like merging two companies together. Not so easy, huh! That is why formal Project Management knowledge, skills and abilities are important. Project Management training allows everyone to work from the same set of rules and it helps to formalize roles, and expectations. In fact, at the beginning of some projects, it is recommended that project team members go through short series of training to ensure understanding, as well as to set goals and expectations. This is critical to holding everyone accountable for delivery.
Hi, I am Janet A Johnson a Management Consultant and Life Coach with over 15 years strategic program/project management and business management experience. I am the owner of StrategyNook LLC, a consultancy agency specializing in strategic project management, business management, web development, branding, internet/social media marketing, life coaching and stress management. Schedule your free consultation today and let's talk strategy and customized solutions.
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