Project management – take 1

This fall, as an elective for my Interior Design Master’s program, I’m enrolled in a Project Management course in the business school. I’ve purchased the text and have started in on it. Two things immediately strike me. First, project management probably should be part of the curriculum for the ID degree, or at least listed as an elective in the ID department information. Clearly architecture and design are all about projects and even with the smallest of projects, completing work on time, on budget, and within requirements requires a great deal of management. Second, the process appears at first glance to be quite a bit more complicated than I would have thought, though perhaps I already intuitively do the things the textbook discusses, but don’t quite recognize them in the PM lingo.

At any rate, I think this course will be right up my alley. My book, Project Management: The Managerial Process, by Clifford Gray and Erik Larson, defines a project as “a complex, nonroutine, one-time effort limited by time, budget, resources, and performance specifications designed to meet customer needs.” That’s the kind of work I like. Here’s to a new semester!

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