So you say you are interested in becoming a project manager? First things first. You have to know the basics, and those basics are-
- The scope of the project. What you desire to happen. What your goal is. Are you a young Darth Lord thinking about building a Death Star? If so you are going to want to begin here.
- The schedule of the project. How much time is on the clock to complete the project? You probably want to build that Death Star before those pesky Rebels try to thwart your Supervisor’s plans to take over the galaxy. Get it done and get it done quickly because your boss is known to cause a really bad case of workplace incivility when angry!
- The resources (or cost) of the project. How much money is it going to take? How many people are you going to need? Planet size battle stations don’t grow on trees. You are going to need the resources of several worlds, a couple of thousand storm troopers, and quite a few lawyers to control those unions that are bound to form!
All kidding aside (I mean, who really has the funding for an intergalactic battle station in this economy?), this is the basic premise of project management. In regards to scope, time, and resources, there is a symbiotic relationship between all three components. Each component affects the other two and thus determines the quality of your final product. If you lose workers your may not meet your deadline. If you run short on time and resources the quality of the scope of your project will suffer.
So there it is. Your foundation. I’ll share more about what is built on that foundation later.
An excellent resource on Project Management is The Project Management Question and Answer Book.
*Diagram borrowed from ygraph.com