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Project management is clearly a useful skill for an engineer or technician. For technical people, activities are commonly undertaken as part of a project. Understanding project management is to understand how your part contributes to the whole, and so obtain the benefits offered by a structured way of working.
Project Management for engineers however, is a broad subject involving many related themes. This section attempts to highlight the key considerations an engineer should be aware of. It is a great refresher for anyone in the role of project manager. In addition best practice is listed to improve what you do or for those aspiring to manage projects in the future.
Key Project Management for Engineers' considerations covered below include:
Project Management for Engineers – The Basics
What is a Project? Well a number of definitions exist. However, most experts agree a project typically includes the following:
Projects involve going through a number of stages, covered in more detail in the remainder of this section. Broadly speaking, someone, some team or organisation will commission the project. It will then pass through the initiation and planning stage before being undertaken. During this time, the project should be controlled and reviewed. Finally the project enters the completion stage. Reviews should be undertaken between these stages, as the project progresses.
Project Management proposes a structured way of working which offers distinct benefits. Some of these include:
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