Project ManagementIntroduction | Scope of project management: DCM | Project Management Framework | Performance metrics, using EVA jargon | EVA History |
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I continue to argue that despite
claims to the contrary contained in the many thousands of books written on the
subject, conceptually, project management is easy. Most adults, for
have already experienced a number of projects, from obtaining a degree, to
buying a house, getting a promotion and so on.
The real question is whether the outcome of the project was due to serendipity, to circumstances or accident – that is, whether we managed the project, or whether the project managed us. Not much different from time management. Time management implies that we have discretionary time to manage, for instance.
Project management is as easy as DCM: Define, Communicate and Manage. More often than not, the difficulty is in the specialized jargon, such as what is used in the Earned Value Analysis (EVA).
To be fair, it is true that the devil is in the details. However, once the DCM concept has been fully understood, the details can be filled in using a number of project management frameworks, such as the one below
Followed by measuring, measuring, measuring, and establishing the appropriate performance metrics.
Project: A project is an undertaking requiring concerted effort. In project management circles, a project is usually defined as a temporary effort.
Project management: BASICS: Triple Constraint | five different processes | core competencies | Competing Projects Criteria | Why projects Fail
While there is no universal agreement for the various types of budgets, I like to use the following
Project management. According to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge —2000 Edition, [Project Management Institute (PMI®) December 2000], project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of the particular project. PMI further outlines five different processes and core competencies required for effective project management - see figure below
The triple constraint consists of Cost, Performance/Quality & Budget. In other words, the total cost of a given project is a function of the scope, the schedule and the desired performance and or quality - How many times have we been asked to expedite a project, while sticking to the original scope, budget and cost - the pictures below show that such requests are at best senseless.