This week we covered Service and Social Responsibility & Project Management. As a New Store IT Project Manager, this is obviously a subject near and dear to my heart. It was nice to review some of the basics that you take for granted after awhile.
Officially a project is "a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources." So project management is "the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements." As the instructor for the Coursera unit mentioned in one of his lectures, people will often manage projects without realizing that is what they are doing. Almost any time you have a temporary endeavor it can be managed like a project. Take for example your summer vacation - you have everything from planning and budgeting to implementation there, without even realizing it. Project management is really a structured methodology used to complete any project.