What is Project Management?

Project Management is just that, it’s managing projects. But doing so in a manner that removes the stress from the situation. A typical “project management situation” will have a person who is the Project Manager and their job is to get the project complete on time and on budget (or under) while also managing the potential for Murphy’s Law (anything that can go wrong, will go wrong) and ensuring all the moving parts and people involved know what they need to deliver and when they need to deliver it.

It sounds complicated and stressful, and if the wrong person is running your project it definitely can be, but if you have the correct person running your project the process is smooth, effective and calm.

There are four main parts to any given project:

1. Develop: Pulling together the goals of the project, budget, timeline, discuss any stakeholders.
2. Plan: Lay out the entire project, everything that needs to be done, who needs to do it and when it needs to happen. This also may involve bringing vendors or contractors into the conversations to make sure each portion of their role is timed out correctly. This is a time consuming portion of the project, but it’s very important to make sure it’s correct.
3. Apply: This is when we’re actually doing the work to ensure everything is moving as it should. During this part of the project regular calls will be scheduled to ensure the team is on time, task and budget as well as ensuring there are no roadblocks that are coming up for the project manager to mitigate.
4. Complete: This is the end of the project, once all the tasks are completed typically a final meeting is held to discuss the project as a whole, what worked and what was learned. Additionally any contracts that exist are terminated as needed.

If you have a project manager (like myself) who is calm under stress and is familiar with the process then you have nothing to worry about.

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