"But I'm a manager, of course I'll be able to be a project manager too!" - Project Management: different to regular management.

So you've been a general manager for a while and you're confident in your understanding and skills regarding management. But what about project management specifically? Do you know what project management entails and how it is quite different to regular management? There are fundamental differences between regular management and project management that need to be understood in order to maximize your ability as a project manager. 

LO1: Understanding project management as a different form of management

Project management can be defined as:

Management is a concept / verb that is loosely used to define many forms of control or consolidating. Whether or not your job title contains the word “manager” or not, the chances are high that you, at some or other point, have had to manage. 

Regular management can widely be defined as “the organization and coordination of the activities of a business in order to achieve defined objectives.” (Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/management.html). 

Although this definition is broad, it helps us to understand that management itself is broad and cannot simply be defined within small border. On the other hand, project management can be defined as: “The body of knowledge concerned with principles, techniques, and tools used in planning, control, monitoring, and review of projects (Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/project-management.html). 

It is clear that project management is more specified and project-orientated than regular management and that their essential differences lie in their responsibilities. 

Project management

  1. Project management takes place within a project specific time-frame and ends when a project is successfully completed.
  2. Project management often has fewer / limited resources compared to general management.
  3. Project management can be seen as a sub-category of management.

Regular / General management

  1. General management is an ongoing function of a business and is multi-leveled and multi-faceted.
  2. Regular management has the ability to source and use more resources for its ongoing functions.
  3. General / regular management is a broad, inclusive term covering many sub-categories of management.

  • "The body of knowledge concerned with principles, techniques, and tools used in planning, control, monitoring, and review of projects "
  • “The organization and coordination of the activities of a business in order to achieve defined objectives.”
  • "Managing and supervising activities of department specific activities within an organisation"
  • "Controlling and influencing the distribution of resources for predetermined objectives"