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Definitions Of Project

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Various definitions of project from different sources.

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Definitions Of Project

  1. 1. Definitions of Project Dr Anthony Yeong DBA MBA PMP PRINCE2 Practitioner November 2011
  2. 2. Origin of the word “Project”:(Latin word: “pro” means forward; “jacere” means throw)“late Middle English (in the sense ‘preliminary design, tabulated statement’): from Latin projectum something prominent, neuter past participle of proicere throw forth, from pro- forth + jacere to throw. Early senses of the verb were ‘plan’ and ‘cause to move forward’.”“A project is an individual or collaborativeenterprise that is carefully planned toachieve a particular aim.”Oxford Dictionary
  3. 3. “A project is a temporary endeavorundertaken to create a unique product,service, or result.” Project Management Institute (PMI) - A Guide To The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) Fourth Edition 3
  4. 4. “A project is a temporary organizationthat is created for the purpose ofdelivering one or more business productsaccording to an agreed Business Case.” Office of Government Commerce (OGC) - Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE Fifth Edition 4
  5. 5. “A project is a time and cost constrainedoperation to realize a set of defineddeliverables (the scope to fulfil theprojects objectives) up to qualitystandards and requirements." International Project Management Association (IPMA) - IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) Version 3.0 5
  6. 6. “Project is a unique, transient endeavourundertaken to achieve a desired outcome." Association for Project Management (APM) - APM Body of Knowledge Fifth Edition 6
  7. 7. “A project refers to a value creationundertaking based on a specific, which iscompleted in a given or agreed timeframeand under constraints, including resourcesand external circumstances." Project Management Association of Japan (PMAJ) - A Guidebook of Project & Program Management for Enterprise Innovations (P2M) 2005 Edition 7
  8. 8. “Project is a unique process consisting of aset of coordinated and controlled activitieswith start and finish dates, undertaken toachieve an objective conforming tospecific requirements including constraintsof time, cost and resources." ISO 10006:2003 - Quality Management Systems - Guidelines for Quality Management in Projects 8
  9. 9. “Project is a unique set of co-ordinatedActivities, with defined starting andfinishing points, undertaken by anindividual or organization to meet specificobjectives with defined schedule, cost andperformance parameters." British Standards Institute: BS 6079-1: Guide to Project Management 9
  10. 10. “A project is a temporary endeavourundertaken to create a unique product,service or result in order to achieve anoutcome." Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM): AIPM Professional Competency Standards for Project Management 2008 Edition 10
  11. 11. “A project is a temporary endeavourundertaken to create a unique product,service or result in order to achieve anoutcome." Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM): AIPM Professional Competency Standards for Project Management 2008 Edition 11
  12. 12. “A project is a managed set of interrelatedresources that delivers one or moreproducts to a customer or end user. The setof resources has a definite beginning andend and operates according to a plan." Software Engineering Institute (SEI): Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) 12
  13. 13. “A project is a managed set of interrelatedresources that delivers one or moreproducts to a customer or end user. The setof resources has a definite beginning andend and operates according to a plan." Software Engineering Institute (SEI): Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) 13
  14. 14. “A project can be considered to be any series of activities and tasks that:• Have a specific objective to be completed within certainspecifications• Have defined start and end dates• Have funding limits (if applicable)• Consume human and nonhuman resources (ie., money, people,equipment)• Are multifunctional (ie., cut across several functional lines) " Harold Kerzner: Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Control Tenth Edition 14
  15. 15. “A project is a temporary organization towhich resources are assigned to do work todeliver beneficial changes.” J. Rodney Turner: A Handbook of Project-Based Management – Leading Strategic Change in Organizations Third Edition 15
  16. 16. “Projects are the building blocks in the designand execution of strategies for an organization.Projects provide an organizational focus forconceptualizing, designing, and creating new orimproved products, services, and organizationalprocesses.” David I. Cleland: Field Guide to Project Management Second Edition 16
  17. 17. “A project is a problem scheduled forsolution.” “All improvement takes place Project-by-Project and in no other way.” “All Projects follow the “Universal Sequence for Breakthrough.” Joseph M. Juran (1904 – 2008) 17
  18. 18. Thank You!Email: anthony@anthonyyeong.com 18

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