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Managing Projects (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series) by Harvard Business Review

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The Basics

To begin, let’s talk about what a project is and what project management is all about. As you’ll see, every project can be broken down into four phases—planning, build-up, implementation, and closeout—which makes the whole enterprise a lot easier to get your mind around. You’re likely to encounter bumps along the way, so we’ll also touch on how to handle the most common problems.

What constitutes a project

A project is a good-sized task that someone wants done. Unlike a process, it has a beginning, middle, and end. Building a house is a project. So is launching a new product or developing a new marketing campaign.

Some companies are project-based—that’s all they do. Think of construction and engineering firms, custom manufacturers, ...

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