The Birth of a Project

Project possibilities emerge whenever problems or opportunities occur. Generally, events over time come together to bring project possibilities into focus. The following examples explain several different ways that a project can come into being. These examples also illustrate some of the types of projects that are commonly undertaken.

The Internal Process Improvement Project

The production cost of a product produced by a manufacturing firm is running high, which concerns the firm's top manager. The top manager instructs the manufacturing manager to reduce the production cost. To do so, the manufacturing manager will consider various process improvement projects.

The manufacturing manager begins by discussing options with ...

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