if you work in a corporate environment, in a small business, as sole trader or even in a family, you will be a project manager at some sort. Our entire life can be broken down into projects. There is the education project, the getting the kids to survive adolescence project, the holiday trip, the wedding, the getting your company to the next level and last but not least the projects you might manage for your work place.
Now, how do we learn to manage projects? Well, a big part of PM (project management) is common sense. We think about the task and create work steps in our mind. We might formalize them, bring them onto paper, communicate them and control the processes and the outcome. All pretty obvious. Until this is, well until we have to project management together with others. That is a complete different ball game. Starting with the good old wedding. Planning this thing together can be a nightmare, simply because groom and bride seem to speak completely different languages.
And that is exactly the reason why it is so difficult to share PM. The terminology and language. Also the system. Each person has their own way of thinking. We all tick differently and that is usually not a problem since a lot of ways will get the aspired solution. In a team environment it is a bit of a problem, though.
This is where methods come in handy. There are countless definitions out there but IMO the world wide standard is PMP (Project Manager Practitioner) from PMI. This is a methodology and a rule set. It establishes a common language and breaks projects down into smaller entities which are easier to manage.
I am just doing my PMP accreditation and I am absolutely thrilled with the tool that is in my hands now. This thing is great. It allows me to communicate with PM's all over the world in the same (methodology) language. Everyone knows (more or less) the same. It is a bit like a party with lots of strangers who all are bar keepers by trade. Good communication and great drinks are a given.
I encourage you to have a look at this. It might just change the way you attack things for ever.
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