Let’s begin with a concise definition of project management taken directly from Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, 5th Edition.
Project management is the planning, delegating, monitoring and control of all aspects of the project, and the motivation of those involved, to achieve the project objectives within the expected performance targets for time, cost, quality, scope, benefits and risks.
As far as project management definitions go this is rather good. But what does it tell us about project management? What does it tell us about being a project manager? In truth, many definitions often leave us out in the cold. Yet this simple definition does encapsulate what we should be doing.
It helps identify three important things a successful project manager does. The three (and yes, this is a three point sermon) things successful project managers do habitually are:
- make informed decisions,
- gain management support, and
- deal with the unexpected.
I shall now take a closer look at these three distinguishing project management qualities.
Making Informed Decisions
There is no such thing as a problem without a gift in its hands for you. – Robert Bach
Want to read more? Then visit the BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT and read the complete article by Martin Webster. You’ll learn that project management is tough. And, you’ll learn that the project manager’s job is so much more than following process.
Creative Commons image courtesy Dimitra Tzanos.