What is Project Management? Definition of Project

This is a short introduction to what Project Management is, and the definition of Project from Dr Mike Clayton, author of ‘How to Manage a Great Project’, and founder of OnlinePMCourses.

This is a video from our Core Course program.

What is Project Management?



The Definition of Project

The definition of Project that Mike will give you in this video is:

A Project is a co-ordinated set of tasks, which together create a defined new product, process, or service, within a constrained time and resource budget.

This definition is based on the nature of a Project. It is these characteristics that mean you need a set of tools, techniques and process to deal with the uncertainty that they lead to.

That set of tools and techniques is what we refer to as Project Management.

Another way to look at the definition of Project is to when to use Project management techniques. This is the subject of a complementary article, called: What You Need to Know about When to Use Project Management.

But you know what?

Do you ever need to deal with uncertainty, co-ordnation, budget limitations, or deadlines in your daily or work life? Of course you do. Project Management skills are really core life skills. In fact, you may like our short article: ‘Are Project Management Skills Transferable? (Ten Big ones that are)‘.

Learning about Project Management Tools, Techniques and Processes

This is our mission, at OnlinePMCourses. We want to give you some of the most comprehensive, robust, yet easy-to-understand Project Management learning resources available on the internet. And we want to make it easy for you to access them, at a price that is reasonable.

Please do take a look around the website at our courses and free materials. We are sure you will like them. Some of our other articles that you might like, are:

And if Project Management is all very new to you, please sign up for our free ‘Decode the Jargon of Project Management’ eBook, just below.

About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 13 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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