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Mastering Project, Program, and Portfolio Management: Models for Structuring and Executing the Project Hierarchy by Gary Lister

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2. What Is a Project?

Introduction

Projects are everywhere. They are an inescapable part of modern life. As someone who lives and works in our world, it behooves you to understand projects—even if your job title is not project manager. A project can be simple or complex. It can have a team of one or hundreds. It can have a dedicated team assigned to it on a full-time basis, or it can be part-time, accomplished in addition to normal responsibilities. Projects may be managed with the aid of complex software or planned and tracked on a cocktail napkin. Everyone has his or her own idea of the definition of a project—and they are all correct.

Most projects require a project manager—that one person responsible for deciding the course of action. ...

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