About Project Management
The PMO supports management of projects and implementations by providing resources such as tools, templates, and training as well as facilitation and consultation. The PMO also directly manages selected high-risk, high-value projects.
A project by definition has a beginning, an end, and a unique output. A remodel, a wedding, and a fundraiser are examples. In higher education projects include IT implementations as well as grant-funded research, accreditation reports, program evaluations, building construction and many others.
Effective project management delivers an objective on schedule, on budget, and with expected quality by planning the activities and executing the plan. Project managers coordinate and direct the activities, maintain records, and keep stakeholders informed.
Project management methodology is the art and science of planning and executing projects that includes standards, tools, techniques, and expert knowledge. An important principle of project management is to determine and apply appropriate rigor according to the scope and complexity of the project. A small, simple project should not be burdened with extensive tools and documentation; a large, complex project should not be put at risk with inadequate planning. Good project managers apply appropriate rigor to fit the project, no more and no less.
Some projects exist as part of a program: a collection of related projects achieving a common goal.