Chapter 1So What Is Project Management Anyway?

We’ve all been there: the project seems to be going along fine, although if you’re completely honest you’re probably a little behind. You’re mentally keeping track of all those little items that you need to make sure get done. Then the client calls with a set of changes. You’re excited as you think they’re “getting it” and so you get stuck in straight away. A week later, you’re dreading the “how’s it going” call because you know you have no idea anymore. You’re lost amidst all the work. You need project management.

In this chapter, we’ll firstly have a look at some definitions of project management, ranging from the official to the rather more informal. We’ll then consider the project life cycle ...

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