What is project?
If you don’t know where you are going, you may end up in a place you don’t want to be!
Teams are often task to “do something” but without a clear vision of the needs or problems they are supposed to address. Money, time and energy are badly spent and frustrations arise… (“Had we known better, we could have done more/better with less!” - “This is nice… but useless”).
Although the word project comes from pro-jectare, which means “To throw forward”, it is essential to avoid diving into activities before there is clarity around why we want to do something- and what precisely we want to achieve. Only then can we look into what solutions should be implemented and how.
PMI (Project Management institute) defines a project as “a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product, service or result” and project management as, “the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It’s a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals — and thus, better compete in their markets”.