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What is Project Management and what to Project Managers do?
First, it’s good to have an understanding of what a project is. A project is a specific, time-bound activity that has defined objectives and goals. Within a project, the time-span is specific and finite, the final outcomes are planned, and there is a set budget.
A Project Manager is a professional that possesses the skills and aptitudes to execute project deliverables within a set of parameters. This differs from daily “management,” which is ongoing, and not necessarily tied to specific outcomes. Project Managers need to have specific skill sets that make them uniquely qualified for managing time-bound, budgeted projects, as well as technical skills and understanding of their industry.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) defines Project Management as “the planning, scheduling, and controlling of project activities to meet project objectives,” and PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (PMBOK ® Guide) outlines 10 knowledge areas that project managers should be trained in:
- Project Integration Management
- Project Time Management
- Project Quality Management
- Project Communications Management
- Project Risk Management
- Project Scope Management
- Project Cost Management
- Project Human Resources Management
- Project Procurement Management
- Project Stakeholder Management
Project Management classes at Lane Continuing Education will cover all of the PMBOK ® Guide knowledge areas.
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