Managing a Project

CHAPTER

In this chapter, you will

♦ Learn how a project moves through phases

♦ Learn how to work with project stakeholders

♦ Understand how different organizations operate

♦ Know the types of organizational structures and their characteristics

You've got lots of work to do as a project manager: meetings, planning, coordination, leading the project team, and ensuring that the project work is done according to the project plan. You're with the project all the way, from the get-go to the final closure report. You work with project stakeholders to gather requirements, keep them posted on the progress, and manage their influence over the project as much as possible. It's an ongoing job that ends just after the project work does.

While your job as the project manager centers on getting the project work done, we know that it's really more than just doing the project work. Logistics and problem-solving cling to the project like socks to a wool skirt. That's what you'll learn in this chapter (no, not about socks).

VIDEO Working through a project's life cycle.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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