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Published here December 2020

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First off, what is this project management that we are speaking of? Well, it is not the sophisticated professionalism and in depth array of knowledge that is required for conducting the major projects that we see in public structures, services like public transportation, or community communication systems. Nor is it the similar project endeavors of the private sector in delivering essential things such as manufactured goods, food supplies, energy sources, and so on.

But it is about projects in their very basic form.

So what is a "basic project"? Before we can answer this question, we need to come up with some new language that will be meaningful to those at the early levels being taught in the educational system. What sort of words, and their respective current meanings, can we find to introduce the very idea of "doing a project". For example, instead of talking about "scope" — how about "picture", instead of "quality" — how about "value", instead of "time" — how about days or even hours, and instead of "cost" — how about "money", and so on. Let this be the new lexicon for initial educational purposes.

So back to "basic project", what do these words mean? Essentially it is an idea, a way of looking at the making of something new but not necessarily entirely unique. And, perhaps more significantly and ideally, the doing of it by "playing" constructively in a small group identified as the project's "buddy gang"! You get the general idea. Of course, as understanding progresses, a class can graduate to more adult language.

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