Examining the Project Processes

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In this chapter, you will

♦ Understand how the five project management process groups interact

♦ Understand the activities of project initiation

♦ Know how to plan a project

♦ Know how a project team executes the project plan

♦ Know how a project manager monitors and controls a project

♦ Know how to close a project

Projects are chockablock full of processes. A process is a set of actions and activities to achieve a product, result, or service. It's the work of project management to move the work of the project towards the deliverable the project aims to create. As you'll discover in this chapter, there are 44 project management processes that a project manager and the project team use to move a project along. The whole goal of these processes is to have a successful project, but a project's success is based on more than just leveraging these processes. A successful project depends on four things:

• Using the appropriate processes at the appropriate times. A project manager must recognize situations within the project that call for different processes and then determine which process or combination of processes is most needed to meet the project objectives.

• Following a defined project management approach to take the product specifications and meet the project objectives, and then fulfill customer expectations.

• Conforming the project and the project management approach to the customer requirements and expectations.

• Balancing the project's time, cost, scope, quality, resources, and risk while meeting the project objectives.

Sure, sure all of this sounds so easy on paper, doesn't it? Project management is not an easy task, but the goal of a certified project manager is to recognize the situations, react to the problems or opportunities, and move the project work towards the customer's requirements. The 44 project management processes are the actions that help any project manager do just that.

This chapter covers the entire project management life cycle. We'll follow the activities that happen in each of the project management process groups and what the results of those actions are.

VIDEO Moving through the project management processes.

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