Project Management

shutterstock_135848240We offer the following Project Management support (contact us for further detail):

  1. 2 day Project Management overview workshop
  2. 2 day PMP (Project Management Professional) exam prep
  3. Training on a selection of individual Project Management topics
  4. Tutoring and Coaching for successful Project Management
  5. Project Management support on demand for small to midsize projects

What is Project Management?

(Borrowed directly from PMI)

More specifically, what is a project? It’s a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service or result.

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.

The development of software for an improved business process, the construction of a building or bridge, the relief effort after a natural disaster, the expansion of sales into a new geographic market — all are projects.

And all must be expertly managed to deliver the on-time, on-budget results, learning and integration that organizations need.

Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It’s a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals — and thus, better compete in their markets.

It has always been practiced informally, but began to emerge as a distinct profession in the mid-20th century. PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide) identifies its recurring elements:

Project management processes fall into five groups:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing

Project management knowledge draws on ten areas:

Integration Risk Management Scope Cost Procurement
Human Resources Stakeholder Management Quality Time Communication

All management is concerned with these, of course. But project management brings a uniquefocus shaped by the goals, resources and schedule of each project. The Value of that focus is proved by the rapid, worldwide growth of project management:

  • as a recognized and strategic organizational competence
  • as a subject for training and education
  • as a career path