1. What’s a Project?

In this chapter, you will learn the following:

• The fundamentals of a project

• The role of the project manager

Project Definition

As defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a project is a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service, or result. It is temporary. It has a beginning and an end, so there’s a defined scope and resources. The end of a project is reached when the project delivers its expected outcomes or when it is no longer relevant. The need of the project no longer exists.

A project is unique in the sense that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of activities designed to accomplish a singular goal. Therefore, a project involves a team that often includes ...

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