Managing a project is very different from managing a production facility, or
other established on-going operation. Differences are to be found in the project
life cycle, substantial changes in the level-of-effort required at different
phases of the project and the consequent difficulties of exercising control.
Project management is not difficult to understand. However, depending on the
nature and circumstances of the project, success may be difficult to achieve.
The key is to be found in establishing the project Executive's philosophy and
mandate, understanding the project's external environment, followed by thorough
and early planning to provide the basics for sound execution and control.
The goal must be to establish a solid record of successful projects, which
have been identified as financially and economic ally sound and to manage them
from concept-to-operation, while conserving human and material resources and
protecting the physical environment. This can only be achieved by developing
a network of creative and experienced project management professionals through
an explicit project management education and training program.
Therefore, this presentation includes a brief description of the background,
need, structure and content of a unique body of knowledge relating to the management
of projects, and on which education and training can be based. It is to be hoped
that a convincing case has been made for the establishment of such a program,
as the basis for a recognized professional discipline.