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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Define Projects and Project Managers

First, let’s make sure we agree on what a project is.

Project:

A novel undertaking or systematic process to create a new product or service, the delivery of which signals completion. Projects involve risk and are typically constrained by limited resources.[1]

Project managers manage those risks and resources. You need project management when you have risks across the project: the schedule is tight, it’s not clear you can achieve the technical goals, quality could suffer, you don’t have unlimited funds, and you might not have the people you need when you need them.

Each project has a different focus, so each project is unique. That means you’ll need to plan and manage each project in a way that makes ...

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