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  • 2. ** What is project management?* The routes into the job* Challenges of the job and qualities needed* How project management is used within other industries* An activity around project management* Questions and Answers
  • 3. * Project management is a methodical approach to planningand guiding project processes from start to finish. According to the Project Management Institute, the processes are guided through five stages: initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing
  • 4. * * A typical route is to take responsibility for project delivery, then run bigger and multiple projects or get a professional qualification * There are 82 first degree courses in project management in the UK. Once involved in project delivery, however, some training and certification does not go amiss. It’s hard to prepare for something you don’t know is going to happen– but having a system of formal training and informal networks can help you deal with it. * Prince2, the UK government’s PM method, is ubiquitous in the software world. It offers basic ‘how- to’ building blocks plus it is very delivery-focussed.
  • 5. What is Prince2?Prince2 is a process-driven method, which identifies 40 different activities divided intoseven processes. The processes are the following:Start-up of a projectIn this phase, an executive manager and a project manager are appointed togetherwith a project management team. A project brief is prepared, and the projectapproach is defined.InitiationThe project brief is upgraded to a business case, and controls are set up to monitorthe project.DirectionIn this process, guidelines are established for how the project board should control theoverall project.Control over a stageThe project is broken down into stages, which are controlled by assessing theirprogress, examining their status and reporting highlights.Managing stage boundariesWhen a stage is nearly finished, the next stage is planned and the overall project planis updated.Managing product deliveryPrince2 divides projects into work packages, and the method prescribes how such apackage should be executed and delivered.ClosureThis process includes the decommissioning of the project, the identification of follow-up actions and the evaluation of the project.
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  • 7. * * In pairs * Describe the characteristics of project management * -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * What are the skills required to manage a project? * -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * List some challenges/solutions you or others have experienced when managing projects or participating in projects Challenges Solutions
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