What is a project
A project is a temporary endeavour which has a defined beginning and end, usually constrained by date, budget and specific deliverables. It is undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, usually to bring about beneficial change or added value.
The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast to business as usual (also called operations), which are repetitive, permanent or semi-permanent functional work to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often found to be quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and the adoption of separate management.
A project has the following characteristic:
- It is a temporary endeavour: it has a defined beginning and end
- It is undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives: beneficial change or added value