Although a development team does most of the work, it is the project manager that is running the development process. All human activity that involves carrying out a project needs a plan. We call this Project Management. But there is a big difference between projects that involve one or two people and projects that involve large numbers of people. There is always a smaller group of individuals behind all larger groups that is planning, directing, and motivating those people. There are three main parts to project management: start date, finish date, and all the tasks that need to be carried out. When the plan starts to involve different things happening at different times, most of which are dependant upon each other, the plan can start to take up an enormous amount of time and space. This is why you must start with a strong plan. Now days there are computer programs that tend to produce answers long after the events have taken place. These project planning and scheduling programs provide real information, risk analysis, time recording, costing, estimating and many other types or project management. But these programs are not at all project management.
Project management is control, leadership, teamwork, managing of resources, and a basic knowledge for the project. Project managers are found in every industry, from architects to policeman. There is a demand for more and more people who have the necessary skills it takes to manage a team or a project. The main concerns of a project manager are time, quality, and cost control. These are what drive these managers to be the most efficient as possible. “The success of a project will depend upon the effort, care and skill you apply in its initial planning,” stated Gerald M Blair, a project manager for big businesses. Having heard this it seems that a lot of project management is a philosophy. There is room to be creative and in many aspects of planning and leading.
The first step in planning a project could be specification. This is a term that can be defined as stating the problem or what is trying to be solved by this particular project. There can be a lot of confusion in this stage of project planning, such as the misunderstanding of intent (Winning Project Management). A way to avoid such conflict is to maybe write out an agreement before the project showing that everyone understands exactly what is to be expected. The next step would be structure. Having decided the many specifications, it is time to figure out exactly what needs to be done and how to do it. There has to be some kind of framework built by the manager. Structure also links all of the tasks together instead of everything being done on individual basis. This creates a sense of unity among your project team. To move forward with the planning process, you need to transform the specifications into a complete set of tasks that are linked together. If the planning of a project...