Why Project Management? Essay

1474 Words Oct 18th, 2012 6 Pages
WHY PROJECT MANAGEMENT?

Project Management has become increasingly important for any corporation, organization, government agency, and even small businesses in the last couple of decades. Project Management, as defined in the text, is the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques to accomplish projects successfully and proficiently. It is a tool utilized to keep projects and its tasks organized, but if not used correctly, can bring down the entire project operation. I have witnessed, first hand, a Project Manager (PM) accomplishing his goals and tasks successfully for a particular project. Everything was running like a well oiled machine, when what I can only explain as “a god complex” intervened and halted the project three
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The routine of one project will usually not match another. This is known as uniqueness. Every project will have deliverable s within it that make it unique and Project Managers will customize aspects of the project to their style of getting the job done.
Resources were touched upon earlier but are a separate attribute to a project. All Project Managers wish they had unlimited resources. This is hardly ever the case so budgets and organizational resources are implied but extremely limited. Trying to acquire additional resources directs us to the conflict attribute. Examples of resources may include: financial resources, inventory, human skills, production resources, and information technology (IT).
Conflict is the hardest of all attributes for a Project Manager to control. With the correct training a PM can better understand how to control most conflicts by the use of conflict management and “soft skills”. A project manager must be an expert in the resolution of conflict but always keep in the back of his or her mind the stakeholders of the project who include the client, parent organization, project team, and public. Conflicts among a project’s team members may have many different personalities, roles and senses of priorities. A project manager must predict these types of conflicts among team members and work to resolve them for the good of the project.
Non projects and quasi-projects are the final attribute to go over within project management. Non projects are

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