3.6 Sidebars
It is amazing at times how difficult it is to establish a simple set of definitions used in the project management world. There are established definitions of course, but for some reason groups of individuals have a need to re-define these terms or come up with their own terms.
There is a deep rooted issue here which becomes visible in any attempts to unify the processes of any discipline. some individuals simply do not like to have pre- defined terminology. Instead they like to "make things up" as they go along.
This creates problems of course, none the least of which is a conversation is difficult if the terms used in the conversation don't have the same meaning for both parties.
  • What is a project?
  • What is project management?
  • What is the role of a project manager?
  • Why do we need project management, project mangers and precise definitions of a project?
For those who practice project management as a profession, these seem silly questions. For those outside this practice they seem legitimate questions.