At HPS we appreciate that Project Management has a history and in its modern form, project management dates back to the early 1950s. But its real roots go much further back to the last years of the 19th century. It was at that time that businesses began to realise the benefits of organising work around projects.
Around this time businesses began to recognise the critical need to communicate and co-ordinate work across departments and professions and so from this a defined method of project management steadily emerged.
Currently most organisations do not employ full-time project managers; it is much more common to pull together a bespoke project team to meet a particular need. These project management teams are usually involved in producing an end product or service that benefits the organisation or effects the desired change. More often than not the end result can be tangible and achieving that end result, successfully, is what project management is all about.
By and large project management centres work on the planning and controlling of everything involved in delivering that end result. To do this it requires a process that every person on a project team needs to embrace, understand and execute, no matter what level of experience they have.
If project methodology is new to you, taking a role in a project team provides an excellent learning opportunity, and even if you’re an experienced manager or team member, a review of the critical – and most basic – elements of project management can improve how effectively you take projects from concept to completion.