What is a Project?
Project management is the way of managing change. Everything from the Olympics to organising a wedding can be considered a project. It describes the activities that meet specific objectives and can be used to introduce or improve new or existing products and services.
A project can be identified by two of the key features:
Projects need to be controlled to meet their objectives and deliver benefits. Objectives are defined in terms of expectations of time, cost and quality.
Time, cost and quality are called objectives or constraints. For example:
- The project must be completed by January 2014 (time).
- The project must not spend more than £500,000 (cost).
- The project should create a searchable and informative website (quality).
Projects are separate to business-as-usual activities, requiring people to come together temporarily to focus on specific project objectives. As a result, effective teamwork is central to successful projects.
A project has a specific start and end point and is set up to meet specific objectives, to create a specified result, product or service.
All the work that has to be done to achieve the time, cost and quality objectives defines the project scope. The scope can change over time, and it is the project manager's responsibility to ensure the project will still deliver its defined benefits. A project manager must maintain focus on the relative priorities of time, cost and quality.
Our wide ranging client base, who have appointed us as Project Managers, includes the following:
- Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd
- National Freight Corporation
- Hays Logistics
- Tissue Science Laboratories plc
- Covidien Healthcare