1.5. Understanding the Project Environment

The project environment is made up of internal and external factors that influence a project. When managing a project, the project manager must consider more than just the project itself. Proactively managing a project involves understanding the environment in which the project must function.

The following are some examples of the elements that make up the project environment:

Organizational Structure

The organizational structure itself plays a large role in how a project is managed and is a major influential factor within the project environment. This is intermingled with the company culture.

Physical Environment

The physical environment includes considerations such as:

  • Local ecology

  • Physical geography ...

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