Setting the scene
When you seek assistance from an expert in any field – whether it is a
garage mechanic fixing your car, a doctor advising on your health, or a
company lawyer explaining some point of law – you will often find your-
self listening to a set of unfamiliar words or, worse, familiar words used
in unfamiliar ways. Welcome to the world of professional jargon!
Project management, like other professions, has built up its own glos-
sary of jargon, much of which is unnecessary. This book explicitly sets
out to be a step-by-step guide to project management that you can
directly apply without having to become an expert project manager first,
and this includes minimising jargon. Everyone finds jargon painful, but
sometimes it can be useful. I have kept it to a minimum in this book, and
where it is useful to know specific terms, I try to introduce them in the
text at the most relevant points.
However, there is some jargon it is helpful to understand before going
further in this book. Understanding this jargon will avoid any confu-
sion. (Also, as a side benefit, you will be able to sound more like a profes-
sional project manager – should you wish to!) Take the few minutes to
read this chapter as it will make your life a lot easier.
Introduction to project management jargon
There are seven pieces of jargon which are useful to understand, none of
which is complex, but by understanding them you will have completed
your first step in becoming a project manager.
Project management is full of jargon and concepts, many of which
are unnecessary except for the largest and most complex of
projects. However, there is some basic terminology and some
simple project management concepts which are helpful to
understand and which will aid you in fulfilling your project.
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