Before we define project management, it might be helpful to first ask the question, “What is a project?” According to the Project Management Institute, a project is, “A temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result.”
What is Project Management?
Project management, then, is the act of effectively managing these “temporary endeavors” so that they reach completion in the most efficient way possible.
For example, if [Company X] decides to release a new software product in Q3, a project manager within the organization would be tasked with overseeing its development and helping to bring it to market within the stated time frame. The project manager would work with the product, marketing, and sales teams to ensure every aspect of the project is kept on track.
As you can probably tell, project management is a BIG job. But those who do it well are in high-demand at many different organizations around the world.