Defining and Identifying Resources Required for Project Management

Project Management...Where do I start? How do I design? Do you ever feel that you are not negotiating or planning for the right resources? These two modules set out learning outcomes that will give you a step-by-step guide on planning more efficiently.

Learning Outcome 1

What is project management and why is it to important?

Project management does not pertain to one field of interest, it has many branches and has a wide scope. It is important to understand what is meant by project management, to be able to design a project that is best suited to the company.

Project management entails research that is particular to the field of interest and the specific project that you would like to create. It is vital to listen to the objectives of the company that you are designing a project for and rework it in such a way that the objectives are feasible and cost effective. Project management involves using the companies team members and financial resources to implement your design plan.

When designing your project, it is critical to plan according to the eights steps of project management model (This will be discussed in depth in module 2). This is to ensure that you have covered all aspects when planning and that you systematically implement the project that you have designed.

Furthermore, it is important to evaluate your plan and identify the areas where you can improve and skills that you have identified that may require further development. When identifying these limitations, it is important to look at it with a critical eye to set up more achievable objectives for future projects.

Project management is unique to each company. If proper planning and designing are executed, objectives planned for will be reached in a reasonable timeframe. It is vital to know what your role is in the company you are planning for and what they want to achieve.

When I plan a project I should...

  • Plan what I think their objectives should be.
  • Plan and design a project that goes beyond their scope.
  • Listen to the company's objectives and plan accordingly.
  • Follow the five step model of planning.