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PMP Certification All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Cynthia Snyder

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Chapter 2: Foundations of Project Management

Chapter Objectives

arrow.png Define key project management terms to provide an understanding of foundational concepts

arrow.png Compare projects, programs, and portfolios

arrow.png Introduce the competing demands that project managers have to manage to achieve a successful project

arrow.png Describe the functions of Project Management Offices (PMOs)

arrow.png Introduce enterprise environmental factors and their affect on projects

Before discussing the project management process, you need a foundation of key project management definitions and concepts. In this chapter, I discuss how projects relate to programs, portfolios, and the PMO. I also introduce the important concept of competing demands. Understanding how competing demands require you to balance time, cost, scope, quality, risk, and resources is important before looking at those topics individually in later minibooks.

Competing demands can constrain your project, but they aren’t the only things that you have to keep in mind when ...

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