Monthly Archives: December 2012

What is a Project Manager?

A project is something that you plan and do, usually in a series of steps, to achieve a specific objective or outcome within a specific timeframe. The goal of a project is to achieve some sort of positive result, benefit or success.
A project manager is someone who oversees the completion of a project.
Typically, a project manager helps define the core elements of the project — scope, schedule, and resources — based on the defined goals […]

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The Five Stages of Every Project

According to the Project Management Institute, there are five stages or sets of steps that every single project must follow:
1. Initiate.
During this stage, interested people define the project at a high-level, identify the goals of the project and set the guidelines and constraints to govern the project going forward. Once defined, a decision is made to move forward with the project or not.

The most important questions to address during this stage include:

What is […]

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What is an Outlier?

"Outlier" is a scientific term to describe things or phenomena that lie outside normal experience. In the summer, in Paris, we expect most days to be somewhere between warm and very hot. But imagine if you had a day in the middle of August where the temperature fell below freezing. That day would be outlier. And while we have a very good understanding of why summer days in Paris are warm or hot, we know a good deal less about why a summer day in Paris might be freezing cold. In this book [Outliers] I'm interested in people who are outliers—in men and women who, for one reason or another, are so accomplished and so extraordinary and so outside of ordinary experience that they are as puzzling to the rest of us as a cold day in August."
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What is a Project?

The term project is used a lot. I think it’s safe to say that most people understand what the term means, in general. But it’s always a good idea to be certain so here is my working definition. A project is:

something that is contemplated, devised, or planned
something that is undertaken; something you do, either large or small
something that has a clear, unique objective or desired outcome
something that has a clear […]

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