Project management – the basics

Project management provides businesses with a method of planning, organising, managing and executing a specific task, objective or set of goals. It is widely used in IT and construction but can apply in any business.

A project is a temporary piece of work which falls outside of ‘business as usual’ day-to-day operations and can be anything from moving offices or building a website to carrying out major construction work or complex statistical analysis. Some businesses are entirely project-based.

Proper management of a project can benefit a business in many ways, the most important of which are ensuring costs do not spiral beyond budget, that work is completed on time and to the right quality. Project management can keep things clear and efficient, and reduce threats to your business or project. It is essential in helping any business grow and is expected by many organisations when tendering for work.

This guide will help you to understand what project management is, why it’s used and explains the main terms and processes involved. It also links to downloadable templates or example documents. Templates and examples are also available from many other sources.