1. What’s a Project?
In this chapter, you will learn the following:
• The fundamentals of a project
• The role of the project manager
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 ...