• Rebecca Wiggins

"Fundamentals of Project Management" Blog #2 (Week 3) ENT 660

Updated: Jan 7

Hello again good morning everyone. For the new course that has just begun, I am reading "Fundamentals of Project Management" by, Joseph Heagney. This book has sold over 200,000 copies, showing readers how to:

  • Clarify project goals and objectives

  • Develop a work breakdown structure

  • Create a project risk plan

  • Produce a realistic schedule

  • Manage change requests

  • Control and evaluate progress at every stage

  • Lead the project team

I am learning about estimating, stakeholder management, procurement management, creating a communication plan, project closure, requirements for PMP certification, and more.


What is a project manager? What is a project? Project of Management Institute (PMI) defines a project as "a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result" (PMBOK Guide, PMI, 2013, p. 5). A project is only done one time. If it is done more than one time, it is NOT a project.


PMI defines a project as "a temporary endeavor undertaken to produce a unique product, service, or result." (Fundamentals of Project Management, 5th Edition, 2020).


Projects don't have to be a negative thing. Sometimes I feel that way when I hear the word "project." I'm reading that I can change my whole perspective on that word.


PMI believes organizations should go back to fundamentals.

The 3 basic areas are of this are:

  1. Culture. Have a project management mind-set for working.

  2. Talent. Focus on talent management.

  3. Process. Establish and adopt standardized project practices and processes.

Project management is the "application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements. Project management is accomplished through the application and integration of the 47 logically grouped project management processes comprising the 5 Process Groups: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing" (PMBOX Guide, PMI, 2013, p. 6).


5 new project management processes are:

  1. Plan Scope Management

  2. Plan Schedule Management

  3. Plan Cost Management

  4. Plan Stakeholder Management

  5. Control Stakeholder Management

Make sure to plan prior to managing. That's it for today. If I type anymore points or quote more definitions, my brain will be fried processing some of this new information for me.



References:

Heagney, Joseph. Fundamentals of Project Management. New York: American Management Association, 2012. Print.


O’Reilly Online Learning. 2020. Fundamentals Of Project Management, 5Th Edition. [online] Available at: <https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/fundamentals-of-project/9780814437377/#:~:text=The%20book%20contains%20new%20information,PMP%20certification%3B%20and%20much%20more.> [Accessed 17 October 2020].

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