What is Project Management

Project management is how you apply the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to get the project done according to the requirement.

Where a project is a temporary one time performed endeavour that has a definite start and end. For example, construction of a Dam, a bridge, etc. You build a particular dam one time the rest is just maintenance.

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Evolution of Project Management

Project management history can be divided into two categories;

Old History of Project Management

Today we are unable to understand that how Pyramids of Egypt around were built 2500 BC and same is the case for the Great Wall of China built in 208 BC. But historical data shows that these mega projects were done through sheer project management. You can name those organizers as managers, soldiers and the labor as criminals and slaves.

Modern History of Project Management

The 19th century is considered the birth of modern project management as we recognize it today. Let us see a brief modern history.

1911: Frederic Taylor published The Principle of Scientific Management to organize the steel industry worker.

1917: Henry Gantt introduced Gantt Chart and they consider him as the father of modern project management

1956: The American Association of Cost Engineers now AACE International was found.

1957: Dupont developed the Critical Path Technique

1958: US navy developed PERT – Program Evaluation Review Technique

1962: Defense department developed Work Breakdown Structure

1965: The International Project Management Association – IPMA was found

1969: Project Management Institute – PMI was established

1984: Theory of Constraints was developed by Goldratt

1986: Scrum joined the Project Management style

1989: The UK government introduced Projects In Controlled Environments (PRINCE)

1997: Critical Chain Project Management

2001: Agile Manifesto was introduced

Let see what more to come. Nowadays everybody is rushing behind Agile, scrum, lean project management techniques. But typical “waterfall” is always in the house.

Project Management Topics

Here, in this blog, I am going to cover the following topics in details

Who Manages the Project? | Project Manager

A project manager is a person who has the project charter and accountable to manage the project throughout its life cycle.

Project Manager is a qualified person, normally a PMP certified and job revolves meeting stakeholders’ expectations. A PM is a leader, mentor, juggler, communicator, etc.

Project success or failure factors – Project Success

Read More: What Does a Project Manager Do

How to Become a Project Manager

There are two ways by

  • Qualification
  • Experience.

You can read a complete article on it here How to Become a Project Manager & Project Management Courses

Project Manager Interview Questions

A project manager job description is defined by the role of the project. To hire a project manager use my guide to take an interview.

Guide: Project Management Interview Questions

Project Charter

A project charter is not only a document that is authorized by the sponsor to the project manager.

A project charter contains brief but very vital information about the project.

Read More: Project Charter

Agile Management

Agile Manifesto was introduced in 2001. This is the latest addition to Project Management. It revolves around adaptation. As the world is changing rapidly and hence its introduction was due. But it does not mean that the traditional Project management is outdated. Agile is just an extra value to the basic concept of project management.

Read More: Agile Management & Agile Methodology

To be Continued!


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8 thoughts on “What is Project Management”

  1. Oops, you closed in a nutshell. Hats off. Thoroughly enjoyed the project management material on your blog.

  2. You tried hard to cover Project Management in a nutshell but I am not that convinced on the ending portion about techniques. It should be elaborated more.

  3. What is Project & its Management is quite wonderful insight given by you? Agile is another topic you covered well.

  4. The best part is the tools & techniques. Methodology part is a bit confusing. Can you please elaborate more.

  5. Thank you for this quality content on Project MAnagement. It would be nice if you can update your blog more often.

  6. It is indeed a great piece of content on Project and really helpful for my team at my project. You are a truly professinal and kind to write for others. Hats off

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