Project management is the application of knowledge and resources to deliver a project’s objectives. Proactive project managers save clients considerable money and time.
There are many popular project management methodologies: Agile (good for product development) Lean (good for efficiency) and Waterfall (good for projects with hard requirements) to name a few. Whatever your chosen method, some elements are common to all projects.
Project quality is governed by the ‘triple constraint‘: time, cost, and scope. Time is when the project is deliverable. Cost is what financial resources will be consumed. Scope is what will be delivered. There’s a saying that aligns with the constraints – “Fast, cheap and good: pick any two”.
To the client, the quality of a project can be considered a dimension itself, forming four interrelated constraints that make up the client’s expectations. It’s the client’s prerogative to expect high quality and broad scope at low cost in a short timeframe, but rarely is this possible.
Modern digital projects often bypass formal documentation in the interest of rapid development. This doesn’t mean you can avoid reading and writing! Written communication of requirements, architecture and expectations is key to understanding what possible blockers may hinder client outcomes.
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