The Purpose Of Project Management: The Principles Of Project Management

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Register to read the introduction… Depending on the type and class of project this management activity can be very complex, not least because the typical project environment echoes the 'fractal' form of the common garden snail's shell. That is to say, the same approach can be applied at every level of the management hierarchy and only the size and branch of the activity changes. For example: on a very large project, it may well be subdivided into 'sub-projects' each of which is managed as a project in its own right. Strictly speaking, such a "large project" should be referred to as a program, but the analogy is not limited to large projects. The pieces of any sized project that are parceled out to otherwise independent operators can be considered, from their point of view, as a project which they own and manage. Similarly, the principles of project management can be applied to any level or branch of a project that falls under a different area of responsibility in the overall project organization. Under these circumstances, it is not too difficult to see that the problem of different agendas can arise and the overall goals of the project can become obscured as a result.
5.2. Project Management Principles:
The purpose of project management and control mechanisms is to ensure project success in meeting the schedule, the budget and your expectations. The processes proposed here, based on the PMI, are proven, effective and familiar to the proposed project team. The essence of Project Management is "Plan the work, and then work the plan". The end result of a project does not happen by accident. Neither a successful nor failed project happens by accident. Actions taken during the project deliver a result.
5.3. Communications
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Good communications management means expending effort on communicating information which contributes to project success or where lack of information can lead to failure. We will do this by identifying the correct target audience for different categories of communications. Both formal and informal methods will be used to share information. Formal communication methods are those that follow well defined procedures, while informal communications are more casual. Weekly status reports that contain information about progress and issues are a well known formal communication tool. Other examples include decision requests, and risk logs. Voice mail messages and conversations over lunch or coffee are examples of informal communications which we will document when pertinent.
5.4. Quality Management:
The purpose of Quality Management is to assure that the right things have been done. Its scope is far broader than that of testing where the focus is on proving that the specifications have been accurately translated into a working system. Quality Management is a business centric approach that is involved in all aspects of the development process. The goal is to assure that the system will achieve the business objectives for both today and tomorrow's user community.
Quality management has a role to play throughout project

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