The two definitions of project management that you saw in the Introduction, from the US-based Project Management Institute and the UK-based Association for Project Management, differ in one fundamental respect. The PMI’s definition focuses on the outputs, or deliverables, of a project: the physical services, products or results it produces. The UK definition focuses on the outcome of a project.

An outcome is the change that happens as a result of your project. So, for example, your output might be the construction of a new play area for local children. The outcomes once it is built might be happier, more physically active children and a social ...

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