People have been undertaking projects since the earliest days of organized human activity. The hunting parties of our prehistoric ancestors were projects. Large complex projects such as the pyramids and the Great Wall of China were also projects.
Even something as simple as creating a dinner is considered a project. We use the term ?project? frequently in our daily conversations. This book covers the basics of project management. This includes the process of initiation, planning, execution, control, and closeout that all projects share.
It is possible to say that the concept of project management has been around since the beginning of history. It has enabled leaders to plan bold and massive projects and manage funding, materials, and labor within a designated time frame.
The project manager and project team have one shared goal: to carry out the work of the project for the purpose of meeting the project?s objectives. Every project has a beginning, a middle period during which activities move the project toward completion, and an ending (either successful or unsuccessful). A standard project typically has the following four major phases (each with its own agenda of tasks and issues): initiation, planning, implementation, and closure. Taken together, these phases represent the path a project takes from the beginning to its end and are generally referred to as the project ?life cycle.?
The primary purpose of this course is to provide an open source course that covers most project management . The material in the course was obtained from a variety of sources. All the sources are found in the reference section at the end of each chapter.