Throughout this book, you will be introduced to myriad project management terms. Each chapter will cover a group of key terms and use them in context to help you better grasp the objectives at hand. At the end of each chapter, you'll find a list of those key terms for your review. Because this exam was created to measure skills associated specifically with IT projects, terminology in this book will vary slightly from leading industry project management definitions, but I'll primarily use terminology from PMI's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) because that's what you'll see most often. You'll recognize some of these terms in the exam as well. Fortunately, the PM-ese, as it were, is fairly standardized no matter which PM website you visit or which PM genre they're talking about.
Best practices, in the PM sense, means that you recognize when you have a project, and that you follow good project management practices to create the product or deliverable. These practices vary throughout PM organizations, PMI being the largest. There are various techniques and methodologies, but the agreement that all have is that good project management techniques lead to well-deployed projects.
Now that you are armed with the knowledge that various project management organizations exist and what to expect from terms such as "best practices," let's get started. In this chapter, I will outline the fundamentals of project management. Once the outline is constructed, I'll move on and start filling in the details.
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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.