In this lesson, we'll review some of the ways project management is used in real world projects. Specifically you will focus on:
Once you're familiar with the process of project management, it's easy to see how it can be used in so many industries and situations. Everyday, businesses around the world upgrade their technology and use project management to help the process go smoothly and quickly.
Let’s take a look at some examples of project management in different industries.
Every day, business around the world upgrade their technology and use project management to help the process go smoothly and quickly.
Research and development
In this industry, there has been considerable movement of late to coordinate multiple research efforts so that information can be shared among different groups.
Software and technology
This industry in particular relies heavily on project management.
The development of most products requires a design and a prototype before implementation.
Consider all the planning and management that goes into events such as sales conferences.
In the movie industry, project managers are known as producers, but their responsibilities are nearly identical:
These industries have used project managers for a long time.
These groups also rely on project managers.
Even in a household, we use many of the skills and tools of a project manager.
Now that we've covered quite a few of the common areas where project managers work, you probably understand that project managers must customize their approaches to fit the situations in which they work.
A project management process might vary by:
Let’s look at two examples of how project management might adapt to fit a particular situation.
If the organization is large with geographically separated workers, this can be more challenging. It can certainly work, but the project manager might need to combine more elements of phase-based development into the iterative process for the project to succeed.
Additionally, the project manager will place greater emphasis on the safety and performance of the final deliverables than a project manager overseeing the creation of a video game.
What we've discussed in these lessons has hopefully given you a greater appreciation for the skills of a project manager, and perhaps you've already seen places where these skills can be used in your work and personal life.
In your industry, what special circumstances might a project manager need to be prepared for?
In this lesson, you reviewed some of the common areas for project management. You also learned what might make a project manager vary his or her approach.
Source: This work adapted from Sophia Author Jeff Carroll.