Some people mistakenly think project management is only the ability to run software and technology effectively. Yes, it is true software and technology can make a project run smoothly. However, it is more than just software. Project management has two main areas of focus – a plan and a process.
It is a plan.
Project management can also be defined as a plan which runs a project to its completion using people, a budget, and resources. Leaders with solid project management skills will utilize team members, money, equipment, materials, and time to formulate a plan to accomplish a desired set of goals.
It is a process.
Project management is nothing more than a specific process that is put into effect to obtain a certain result. The more efficient the process, the more control the project leader has in making sure designated outcomes can be reached with certainty. Project management involves people, along with technology, to run a project. People drive the project and make it successful.
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