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Recognize when to use project management.
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What is Project Management
A project is "a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result.” PMBOK® Guide
When to use project management
Since nearly anything you do can have a start and finish date, it might be hard to clarify how and when to use project management. Here are some examples of when to use project management processes and tools:
Project management steps
To determine if you are managing a project, ask yourself some of these questions:
- Will this effort have a start and a finish date?
- Will this effort require more than one person to do the work?
- Does this effort take more than just a few weeks to complete?
- When the effort is complete, will it deliver at least one product or service?
If your answer is yes to at least three of those four questions, you are likely managing a project. If that is the case, you should consider building a project schedule in Microsoft Project and use project management processes to manage it.
Definition is taken from the Glossary of the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
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