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

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Chapter 3: Project Life Cycles, Organizational Structures, and Organizational Process Assets

Chapter Objectives

arrow.png Project life cycles provide a framework to manage projects by breaking them into phases. Each phase has a specific intent and deliverable(s).

arrow.png The organizational structure affects how you manage your projects. Organizations can be set up functionally, in a matrix, or project-oriented (also known as “projectized”).

arrow.png Organizational process assets include policies, templates, information from previous projects, and similar tools to support project managers in managing projects.

In the preceding chapter, I look at some foundational concepts and definitions used in project management. I want to discuss a few more key concepts before getting into the project management processes.

To begin, I want to discuss a project life cycle and look at the various types of life cycles. Next, I discuss organizational structures and how they affect how you manage your project. The organizational structure is one of those enterprise environmental factors (EEFs), as discussed in the preceding chapter. In this chapter, I look at how the range of structures from functional to projectized influences ...

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