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Difference Between Projects and Processes
By John Filicetti

Work generally involves either operations/process or projects.

A Project is defined as:

  • Temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service
  • Has a definite beginning and an end
  • Uses resources
  • Causes change
  • Meets pre-established goals for cost, schedule, and quality

Operations or Process can be defined as:

  • Ongoing and repetitive – normal business
  • Sometimes the product of a project

Project vs. Ongoing Operations

Project vs. Ongoing Operations

John F. Filicetti, PMP, MBA
John Filicetti is a Sr. Sales Engineer/PM-PMO-PPM Consultant with a great depth of experience and expertise in enterprise project management, project management methodologies, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Project Management Offices (PMOs), Governance, process consulting, and business management. John has directed and managed project management teams, created and implemented methodologies and practices, provided project management consulting, created and directed PMOs, and created consulting and professional services in such areas as project portfolio management, Governance, business process re-engineering, network systems integration, application development, infrastructure, and complex environments. John has enjoyed many years as PMO Director for large corporations in the Seattle area and leads the PMO Roundtable discussion group and forum.

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