What is a Project?
A project is a temporary endeavour undertaken to produce a change. That change could be to develop a new, or implement a change to an existing service, product or organisation.
So what characterises a project? As mentioned above, they are not intended to be enduring or 'forever' - they are temporary. Not necessarily short-term, but they have a defined start and finish.
They also require resources. Examples of resource could be people, skills, time, equipment or materials.
The Scope of a project can be considered as comprising of three elements: Time, Cost and Performance (performance is sometimes also referred to as Specification, Quality, Requirements).
Examples of Projects
Everywhere in life there exist examples of projects. A new hospital being built, someone planning a family holiday, a company developing a new website, a sports team planning for their new season.
There are numerous famous historical examples of projects too. Think of the Egyptian pyramids, the moon landings, Concorde and the Clifton suspension bridge.
Project Management is the obtaining and organisation of resources, application of skills, tools, techniques and methods to deliver a projects desired outcomes or benefits.
The skills of a project manager can be applied to any project across any industry, i.e. they are transferable. For example, good communications and stakeholder managment are as relevant on a project to build a nuclear power station, as they are on a project to develop a new family car. So too are Risk Management, Scheduling, Monitoring and Control and so on.
Two very different industries, but many of the same skills, tools and techniques are used to plan and deliver those projects.
TCP (P&PM) Limited was established in 2014 to provide consultant project & programme management services to clients across defence, aerospace and other industries.
Professionally qualified Engineering, Project Management and Commercial staff with over 20 years experience. We provide support to clients either on or off-site.
We also offer online training and coaching and mentoring support.
Support to military and civil aerospace projects including the British Army's WATCHKEEPER unmanned Air system (UAS), Rolls-Royce Adour Turbofan engine and the Royal Air Force Chinook Mk6 Helicopter.
Experience in Maritime Combat Systems and Communications systems support on the Royal Navy's Type 45 Destroyer.
Consultant Project Management Support to the Cyber Security industry.
Moon landing image credit NASA/Reuters.
Balloons over Clifton Suspension Bridge image credit Gary Newman.
Risk Management image credit Aviva.