20:29What is PM?
Project management is the art of taking uncertainty and transforming it into (near) certainty. For a given project, constraints are defıned, and the project manager is expected to deliver within those constraints.People mainly think about the “triple-constraints” model of scope, cost, and time, but there are actually six constraints to consider:
• Quality (“Good”)
• Time (“Fast”)
• Cost (“Cheap”)
At least in my mind, as long as the project manager is following the project management code of ethics, they are free to use dirty tricks and whatever else is necessary to complete the project according to the defıned constraints.
Every project manager knows that the role comes with responsibilities. An outmost focus on getting the team onboard, reaching goals within budget and delivering value towards stakeholders is common ground. Everyone has their own unique and highly individual way of getting things done, but the mechanics of a successful project often are often shared by many successful project managers.
In its modem form, project management dates back to the early 1950s, although its roots go further back to the latter years of the 19th century. As businesses realised the benefits of organising work around projects - recognising the critical need to communicate and co-ordinate work across departments and professions - a defıned method of project management emerged.
Many organisations today don't employ full-time project managers. Indeed, it's common to pull together a project team to meet a particular need, one that usually involves producing an end product or service that benefits the organisation or effects change. The end result can be tangible or intangible.
Getting to that end result, successfully, is what project management is ali about. At its core, then, project management centres on the planning and control of everything involved in delivering the end result - and it's a process that every person on a project team needs to embrace, understand and execute, no matter the experience level.
Even if you lack academic skills in a project methodology, taking a role in a project team provides an excellent learning opportunity, one that can improve your career profile.
Even if you're an experienced manager or team member, a revievv of the critical - and most basic - elements of project management can inform and improve how effectively you take projects from concept to concrete plan and through to completion.
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