The concept of 'project' means different things to different users, or reflects different frames of reference.

Project usually involve a certain degree of innovation and are in contrat with 'routine' activities. They are characterized by a beginning (start), and end and usually involve a specific team called the project team. Projects involve risk and are typically constrained by limited resources.

Typical projects includes (but are not limited to): - Engineering projects when the objective is to build a new engineered device - Industrial projects when the purpose is to create a new production unit or factory - Construction projects when buildings or civil work is involved - Economic projects also called development projects where land is usually involved - IT projects, often software development projects, but also establishment of a data room - Start-up projects or new ventures involve creation of a new company to exploit an invention or a unique know-how in some field....

Projects have been in existence for centuries, and although they may be in quite different fields, they have numerous methodologies in common that are independant of the field they are dealing with. These methodologies called 'project management' have to do primarily with organization, scheduling, teamwork, communication and management.

Our glossary of project management let you find the terms and definitions that are commonly used in business and project management. Use the form below to find a term.

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