What Is Project Management?                   


According to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK):


Project Management is a formal, approved document used to guide both project execution and project control. The primary uses of the project plan are to document planning assumptions and decisions, facilitate communication among stakeholders, and document approved scope, cost, and schedule baselines. A project plan may be summarized or detailed.”


The person responsible for the project management from start to finish is the Project Manager.


A Project Manager is a professional in the field of project management; a person with the knowledge of the project management discipline, given full responsibility and the same level of authority to complete a project. Simply put, the project manager is the only person on the project who is not allowed to say “I am not sure, I don’t know, I didn’t know”.


Real-World Project Manager seldom participates directly in the activities that produce the end result, but rather strives to maintain the progress and mutual interaction and tasks of various parties in such a way that reduces the risk of overall failure, maximizes benefits, and restricts costs. In other words, project manager ensures the project progress is going according to project plan. As such this means that with regard to a project, no matter how much a “project manager” might insist otherwise, the buck stops with them.


A project may require deliverables from many different sub-contractors. Worse still, certain sub-contractors will probably be unable to deliver their work until other sub-contractors have completed their tasks (or percentage of it). So, who ensures the communication channels are maintained between different teams? Who decides what work takes priority? Who ensures plans are updated, and control on the budget is maintained?


It is of course the Project Manager and this demonstrates the numerous benefits of Project Management. Without a Project Manager a project is rudderless. No one is in charge which means no one takes responsibility when things go wrong.


The benefit of Project Management is that it creates a structure and process which enables a project to be swiftly initiated and delivered. It allows budgets and scope to be kept under control, resources to be motivated and ensures that a quality product is delivered on time, within budget and according to specifications.


In fact the benefits of Project Management can be applied to almost every conceivable area, from clinical research to social housing, from business transformation to construction and from oil and gas exploration to product development. There really is no field where Project Management is not required and where the benefits are not felt.


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Scope, cost, time, and resources define a system of four constraints that operate on every project. They are an interdependent set in the sense that as one changes it may cause us to change the others so that we can restore equilibrium to the system. Because they are so important to the success or failure of the project, project parameters (often refer to as Project Triangle or Iron Triangle) are the foundation of the project management discipline.


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The Reality is:

Project Management is a profession, a body of knowledge, a certification process or even simply a more formal way for successfully delivering projects under real-world time and resource constraints.


Who should attend?

  • Anyone given responsibility of the project manager duties (surveyor, cat push, permit man, accidental project managers....)

  • Operations Managers responsible for creating the project plan

  • Prime Contractor

  • Anyone interesting in Real-World Project Management

Who will benefit most?
  • Business Unit of the project requestor
  • Geophysicist of the project requestor
  • Operation Managers of the Prime Contractor
  • Accidental Project Managers with limited knowledge and experience in the Project Management Discipline
  • Outsourced project management companies and individuals accountable for the project successful completion