The Implementation of Project Management: The Professional's Handbook

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CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION

Linn C. Stuckenbruck, Ph.D.

Institute of Safety and Systems Management University of Southern California Los Angeles, California

Executives considering the implementation of project management in their organization must understand what they are getting into. They must understand what project management is, and under what conditions it can be the answer to some of their problems. They must understand that it will not always work, and that to assure its success it must be planned and implemented with great care. This book will discuss the methods and procedures used by successful project managers, and will point out the pitfalls to be avoided in implementing a project.


WHAT IS A PROJECT?

The authors define a project as a one-shot, time-limited, goal-directed, major undertaking, requiring the commitment of varied skills and resources. A project has also been described as "a combination of human and nonhuman resources pulled together in a temporary organization to achieve a specified purpose." 1 A project has a single set of objectives, and when these objectives are reached, the project is completed. Therefore, a project has a finite and well-defined life span. In addition, management must have a very clear idea

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