Why Project Management? Essay

1484 Words Oct 20th, 2012 6 Pages
WHY PROJECT MANAGEMENT?

Project Management has become increasingly important for any corporation, organization, government agency, and even small businesses in the last couple of decades. Project Management, as defined in the text, is the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques to accomplish projects successfully and proficiently. It is a tool utilized to keep projects and its tasks organized, but if not used correctly, can bring down the entire project operation. I have witnessed, first hand, a Project Manager (PM) accomplishing his goals and tasks successfully for a particular project. Everything was running like a well oiled machine, when what I can only explain as “a god complex” intervened and halted the project three
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The scope of a project cannot be elusive otherwise the project tasks will become poor in quality and lack substance to the end results. Being unclear with the project’s scope can cause scope creep. If the client expects certain results and feels they were delivered inadequately, then the scope contains, what I like to call, a “grey area”. Don’t leave anything within your scope open-ended.
The life cycle with a finite due date attribute refers to all start ups, peaks, ups and downs, and completion due dates within a project. Times vary for completion of tasks and as explained prior, some tasks have to be completed so that other tasks can begin. Think of life cycle and due dates as a timeline or a histogram for the project. Calculating the unexpected is almost impossible, but any good Project Manager will learn to expect certain problems to arise and adapt accordingly. Whether a project starts hard and fast or begins slow, due dates have to be followed diligently. One project completion can also be the start up of the next follow on project.
Having more than one project, working side by side at the same time, utilizing the same organizational resources is known as the inter dependencies attribute. Resources may be scarce in the organization due to the ongoing projects within it, so when defining the scope of the project, ensure that enough organizational resources (budget and tangibles) are