I often hear the phrase “project management” used interchangeably
with the word “management.” That’s ok, since everything that
we do is a project…right?
Well, no. A great deal of the work that we do isn’t organized into projects,
even if it could be. And that’s a problem, since the project form of work
confers a number of important benefits on the organizations that do them and the
people who participate in them.
Projects are a powerful tool for selecting work, motivating staff, aligning
technology with business, and building client relationships.
Here are a few of the important features of projects that distinguish them
from other forms of work organization.
1. Unique Output. Every project produces a product, a product
that’s unique. Other forms of work are designed to carry out repetitive
tasks or mass produce identical output, but projects always focus on building
something that’s one-of-a-kind.