What is Project Management?
At its most fundamental, project management is about people getting things done,’Dr Martin Barnes, APM President.
What is a project?
Project management is the way of organising and managing change. Everything from constructing a building to organising an event can be considered as a project. It describes the activities that meet specific objectives and can be used to introduce or improve new or existing products and services.
The Association for Project Management (APM) definition of a project identifies two of the key features:
Projects are separate to business-as-usual activities, requiring people to come together temporarily to focus on specific project objectives. As a result, effective teamwork is central to successful projects.
A project has a specific start and end point and is set up to meet specific objectives, to create a specified result, product or service.
Scope – time, cost and quality
Projects need to be controlled to meet their objectives and deliver benefits. Objectives are defined in terms of expectations of time, cost and quality.
All the work that has to be done to achieve the time, cost and quality objectives defines the project scope. The scope can change over time, and it is the project manager’s responsibility to ensure the project will still deliver its defined benefits. A project manager must maintain focus on the relative priorities of time, cost and quality.
Traditionally, the architect was the project manager for projects, but over the last 20 years project management has become a profession in its own right. Dallman Johnstone have the skills, experience and proven track record of delivering high quality projects on time and on budget.
What is project management?
Project management focuses on controlling the introduction of the desired change. This involves:
- Understanding the needs of stakeholders
- Planning what needs to be done, when, by whom, and to what standards
- Building and motivating the team
- Co-ordinating the work of different people
- Monitoring work being done
- Managing any changes to the plan
- Delivering successful results