1.2.1 Models for project management

In order to understand what project management is, and what skills are necessary to successfully carry it out, we need to agree on what projects are. That may sound a trivial question, but I remember a debate lasting half a day with the supervisor of my Master’s dissertation on that very topic. His view was that it was adequately defined by the ‘Iron triangle’ made famous by Martin Barnes, now President of the Association for Project Management. 9 (Note that I have added ‘performance’to the dimension of scope, as Martin always maintained that this is what he meant.)

Figure 1.1 The project management ‘iron triangle’ of scope, time and cost

Various texts on project management, ...

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