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Project management for dummies

English: VA IT Project Management Framework

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For those thrust into the position, or those who have never quite gotten the hang of it, managing the project can be stressful, overwhelming, and potentially, detrimental to your work experiences. It doesn’t have to be like that—this mini-plan, a sort of project management for dummies crash course can ease down this task to a few key concepts. Before you can start to plan, take a moment to list and evaluate your resources. What can you draw on? People, technology, facilities, and funds are all resources that must be involved in planning. Find your limiting factor and work your steps around that. Don’t have a lot of money? Your hiring decisions, deadlines, planning, etc., must be built around these factor.

How to become a project manager?

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Becoming a project manager in today’s workforce requires tenacity, patience, and discipline. It has been estimated that 20% of the workforce has the necessary requisites to become a project manager, and of those only 4% will ever actually step up to the challenge. The difference between the few that move up from common laborer to leader is nothing more than the willingness to take that first step. Whether an individual is determined to become a project manager within the near future or hoping to become one someday in the distant future, here are a few key things you can do to help prepare.

What is project management?

Project management, while a simple term, can refer to vastly different levels depending on the industry being discussed. A project manager for a larger consumer goods company may need twenty years experience and an MBA from Harvard while a project manager for a small construction company may be a glorified shift supervisor. In any case, project management is based upon two main acts; organization and leadership. The title of project manager bestows upon a person the responsibilities of an endeavor, usually from start to finish, to make sure that it progresses to completion.

Project Management main phases

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