Introduction

Over the years, managing safety projects has become more complex, having a wider breadth involving multiple disciplines. This fact requires that we become more proficient in the skill of project management - a critical skill for every safety professional. We must approach project management in a systematic manner that ensures repeatable successes across the variety of disciplines we encounter. To do this, it is important that we create a framework that enables us to deliver expertise to our organizations in an efficient and effective manner.

The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of the project management process and the importance of the role of a project manager in guiding a project team to achieve the project's goals. The objectives of the session are to provide participants with specific project management information on:

  • The project life cycle

  • The project management process

  • Working with project teams

  • Project budgeting

  • Project planning tools.

Overview of Project Management

Whether you work for a billion-dollar corporation or a one-person shop, sooner or later, you will find yourself in charge of a large project. The project may be extremely complex or relatively straightforward, but regardless, you will need to plan and manage it carefully in order to achieve high-quality results on time and within budget. If you have never managed a large project before, the prospects may be somewhat intimidating.

But the good news is that recently the field of Project Management has emerged as a distinct profession with a set of consolidated standards and practices that can be applied by anyone for virtually any kind of project.

The bad news is that it can take a lot of time to learn these standards and practices. And in today's downsized, competitive business environment, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to set aside your other responsibilities to dedicate time to learning about project management. That is why we created this session. We hope to provide you with a set of skills and tools to help you, as project managers, ask the right questions and do the right things to get the job done.

Let's start with some basics.

What is a Project?

A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service. Temporary means that the project has an ending point. It does not mean that all activities will end, but it does mean that your involvement, or the project team's involvement, is finite; it is not a permanent or ongoing effort. Unique means that the project will result in something new, not just an extension of routine products or services, although it can be an enhancement to something that already exists.

This content is only available via PDF.
You can access this article if you purchase or spend a download.