Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. In other words, the process of introducing  products, services, technology or change.

Projects have a limited duration and typically involve coordinating several interrelated tasks that need to be completed within a specific timeline and budget. Projects can be any shape or size ranging from the launch of a new product, implementation of a website or other IT initiative, a social media strategy or construction of a building.

Many of us are able to manage small projects with nothing more than good organizational skills. But most projects, even if they are not large or complicated, require a more disciplined management approach. This includes ensuring that all deliverables or activities will meet the specifications, setting a realistic schedule, managing change requests, and implementing a process for reporting status and progress.

Managing projects effectively requires astuteness as well as the technical know-how. But the numerous aspects that make project management demanding are also what makes the work so interesting. Project managers will tell you it’s about getting the job done: on time, within budget and according to specification.

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