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Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft® Project by Bonnie Biafore

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Chapter 1. Meet Project Management

IN THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL:

  • Learn what a project is and how it differs from other undertakings

  • Gain an understanding of project management and the processes it represents

  • Identify the benefits of managing projects

All white-collar work is project work.”

TOM PETERS

So you’ve been asked to manage a project. If you’re new to project management, your first question is probably “What’s a project?” No doubt it will be followed closely by “How do I manage one?” and finally “How will I know if I did it right?” In this chapter, you’ll learn what a project is, the basics of managing one, and why project management is so important.

What Is a Project?

The good news is that you’ve probably already managed a project without realizing ...

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