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Primavera P6 course - 1.1 introduction of project management
The course outline: www.grook.net/primavera-p6

Project management is "the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements."*

A project is "a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result."*
Operations is work done to sustain the business.
A project ends when its objectives have been reached, or the project has been terminated.
Projects can be large or small and take a short or long time to complete.

** A project:
Has a unique purpose.
Is temporary.
Is developed using progressive elaboration.
Requires resources, often from various areas.
Should have a primary customer or sponsor.
The project sponsor usually provides the direction and funding for the project.
Involves uncertainty.

Project managers work with project sponsors, project teams, and other people involved in projects to meet project goals.
Program: "A group of related projects managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits and control not available from managing them individually."*
Program managers oversee programs and often act as bosses for project managers.

*** The Triple Constraint
Every project is constrained in different ways by its:
Scope goals: What work will be done?
Time goals: How long should it take to complete?
Cost goals: What should it cost?
It is the project manager's duty to balance these three often-competing goals.

*** Nine Project Management Knowledge Areas
Knowledge areas describe the key competencies that project managers must develop.
Four core knowledge areas lead to specific project objectives (scope, time, cost, and quality).
Four facilitating knowledge areas are the means through which the project objectives are achieved (human resources, communication, risk, and procurement management).
One knowledge area (project integration management) affects and is affected by all of the other knowledge areas.
All knowledge areas are important!

*** Project Management Tools and Techniques
Project management tools and techniques assist project managers and their teams in various aspects of project management.
Specific tools and techniques include:
Project charters, scope statements, and WBS (scope).
Gantt charts, network diagrams, critical path analyses, critical chain scheduling (time).
Cost estimates and earned value management (cost).

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