As a former PMP (Project Management Professional) I’m often asked to assist teams as they improve their project management skills. The first two distinctions we make during these sessions are:
- By definition, what is a project?
- What is project management?
I borrow from the PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) for the answers:
A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies.
Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills
It has always been practiced informally but began to emerge as a distinct profession in the mid-20th century. With the realm of project management thusly defined let me now share the simple
The following materials offer you a dashboard I use to strategically break the process of project management down into four steps with corresponding sub-steps as you see in this document.
Download and Print the Steps Within The Project Management Process worksheet here.
This video series corresponds with the four-step process outlined in the dashboard or process document above. It may be used as a tutorial as you take yourself through an actual process.
Finally, this final document is a project template which also corresponds with the four-step process outlined in the materials above. It can take you into greater detail of each
This document may be a bit overwhelming to use in its entirety as you start out. Some people may use only the first few pages
It is an excellent way to publish a project management plan once you have a few projects under your belt.
Download and print the Project Management Template now.