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Project Management Diagram

Project Management Diagram

Project management involves the active leadership of people and resources to achieve a particular stated end. This project ‘effort’ is likely to be temporarily collaborative but can apply to a project involving only two or three people over only a few hours to a project engaging the efforts of several hundred or even thousand people in several places at once over many months or years.

Although any project to be managed will vary according to its overall size or complexity, there are always a range of key competency categories (with a set of associated skills under each). This project management diagram shows ten of these competency categories and the skills in each of them that need to be mastered and applied.

The ten competency categories are:

  1. Project planning and scheduling
  2. Project time estimating and control
  3. Project cost or expense estimating and control
  4. Project quality assurance and control
  5. Project manpower management and control
  6. Project task or scope development
  7. Project risk management and control
  8. Project resourcing and procurement
  9. Project problem solving methods
  10. Project communication and decision making

It is not necessary to have written standards or specifications in all of these areas, although it often helps a great deal. However, it would be useful to ensure that the best methods and approaches that a project manager and team could take in all of these areas are well-documented as an information resource. This then serves as a very useful checklist for project managers to use to hone their skills and develop new skills where gaps are evident.

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