• Unit 1: Project Management Defined

    According to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, a project is "a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result". The broader definition states that a project is "an endeavor that requires an organized set of work efforts that are planned in a level of detail that is progressively elaborated as more information is discovered". Projects should result in developing a new product or service, improving or modifying existing goods, services, and procedures. The bringing together of skilled resources to create something new or different using effective management processes is the cornerstone of project management. In practice, project management is defined as "the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements". A project manager should be able to identify project requirements, address the various needs, concerns, and expectations of the stakeholders as the project is planned and carried out, and also to balance the competing project constraints in terms of project scope, quality, schedule, budget, resources and risk.

    In this unit, you will be given a foundation in project management through explorations of the history of the discipline, as well as a discussion of the contemporary frameworks used by organizations today.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 13 hours.

    • 1.1: Introduction to Projects

    • 1.2: The Evolution of Project Management

    • 1.3: Operations vs. Project Management

    • 1.4: Project Management Overview

    • 1.5: Project Leadership Skills and Roles

    • 1.6: Profiling a Project

    • 1.7: Project Management Success or Failure

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