A guide to project management—Part 1: Introduction to project management

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A guide to project management—Part 1: Introduction to project management

Introduction

This guide outlines some of the key concepts, tools and techniques used in project management. Project management is no longer a narrow, specialist activity only run by trained project managers. Many organisations are using programme and project management techniques to implement all kinds of change. For example, in the mid-1990s, British Airways Engineering was radically reorganised and a carefully structured project approach was adopted, with hundreds of key managers and specialists involved. The same project approach was applied to the introduction of HR and cultural change. At a more mundane level—but no less important—a move in office location, for example, or the introduction of a new computer system might well involve project management. In this guide, we will start by stating what we mean by project management.

A project is a temporary, non-routine activity with a definite beginning and ending, performed with the objective of successfully producing deliverables to the level of quality required by the customer, within a defined period of time, and within a budgeted cost.

‘At its

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