Your guide to project management fundamentals
The digital landscape is constantly changing – but there are still some things that will stay the same – project management is needed to keep processes flowing. While ‘design thinking’ and ‘user experience’ are very much at the forefront of essential skills right now – there are specialist areas that remain just as relevant, complementary and a definite career-boosting addition to your CV.
Across all industry sectors, project management is a specialist skill that is in high-demand.
But what does it actually mean? What does it entail? What’s the process, what is the project manager’s role and specific duties?
We’ll answer some of these questions below, but be sure to download the PDF guide to deepen your understanding.
What is Project Management?
If a project is a temporary activity performed to create a unique outcome, project management is the method used to make this process happen. But this process doesn’t involve just slapping together a schedule at the last minute.
Project management is a consistent, well-defined and systematic process. It is both intuitive and systematic.
These days, many businesses have structured their central operations around projects, rather than around products, functions or geographic areas.
If you’re a project manager, you have to be very flexible and able to deal with any number and type of people. You will almost definitely be running several projects at once, with deadlines and meetings flying thick and fast. This project management pdf guide will help you understand what is necessary. Some of the industries where project managers are common include:
- Web development and technology firms
- Marketing, PR and media agencies
- Creative businesses (e.g. publishers, design studios, architects)
- Manufacturing businesses – from research and development through to factory-floor production
- Heavy industry, mining and engineering firms
- Construction companies
This way of thinking affects many aspects of the business. For one, departments need to be rethought so that they are compatible with projects. Employees are drawn from functional departments to make temporary teams and this comes with its own range of challenges. They need to develop their project management capacity by hiring awesome project managers – that means you. The duties of a project manager are many, and can be quite complicated. Project plans are essential.
Ways towards successful project management
It’s one thing to manage projects – and another to succeed at it.
- It’s useful to have an overview of what makes a project successful right from the start of the course. In a nutshell, successfully managing a project means:
- Giving the client what they want, by the agreed deadline, in budget, and to the desired quality.
- The quality of a project is decided by a client – so in the project management diamond, quality becomes an additional constraint, and works together with the others to meet customer expectations.
- The triple constraint then becomes the quadruple constraint, and it looks like…well, you’re going to have to download the guide to find out!
This PDF resource will give you more in-depth information on project management, offers tool suggestions and gives tips that you’ll be able to implement as soon as you’ve finished reading it!
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