1.1. Defining a Project

Before delving into the aspects of project management, it's important to determine whether what you are dealing with is in fact a project. Confusing projects with ongoing operations happens often, and it's therefore important to understand how to define a project and know its characteristics.

Once a project has been determined, all stakeholders will need to be identified. To be considered successful, a project must achieve its objectives and meet or exceed the expectations of the stakeholders.


For more detailed information on projects and stakeholders, see Chapter 1, "What Is a Project?" of PMP: Project Manager Professional Exam Study Guide, 5th Edition (Sybex, 2009).

1.1.1. Project Characteristics

The characteristics ...

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