Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Project Management

Project management is about taking ideas and converting them into a planned, resourced and funded project. The project management process can be broken down in to three stages: Project Initiation, Project Control and Project Closure. 

During the project initiation stage it is necessary to clearly and explicitly define what the project is intended to achieve and its scope. By defining this first, you set a benchmark for the quality of what is actually produced at the end of the project. You also determine what resources and time will be allotted to complete the project.

The project control stage is about monitoring and controlling the progress of the project. It's also about controlling the quality of the product by tracking progress through regular checkpoints and resolving issues that arise during the course of the project. The majority of the work and time spent on a project is during this stage.

The purpose of the project closure stage consists of two parts: formally closing the project and passing on any lessons that can be applied to other projects. There may be some outstanding work that needs to be done and a plan for those things should be done in this stage. There is no need to reinvent the wheel every time you do a project but you do want to become more efficient.
You will have learned how to carry out this type of project better in the future, and will have a better idea of how long the various activities on this type of project will take to do. Any information or documentation from the project should be filed away for future use.

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