1. What is a project?

Organizations perform many different processes. If these processes are of high strategic importance, comprehensive and relatively unique, they cannot be performed efficiently by the line organization. Temporary organizations, i.e. projects or programs, are necessary. The decision, whether a business process is to be performed by a project or a program, has to be taken in the specific organizational context.

Definition: A project is a temporary organization to perform a relatively unique, short-term to medium-term, strategically important business process of medium scope.

2. How do you define the boundaries of a project?

It can be challenging to define the boundaries of a project in a meaningful way. The boundaries have to be defined in such a manner, that a holistic solution results at the end of the project. This solution is supposed to ensure sustainable business value for the implementing organization.

3. How does a project change over time?

Projects are highly dynamic. In many cases, it does not make sense to plan projects at the same level of detail from start to end. To successfully manage projects, we recommend a value-oriented project management approach. Changes in projects provide learning opportunities. Using agile methods in projects can be useful for identifying necessary adaptions and to prioritize requirements.

4. Which contexts are relevant for a project?

Projects are performed in specific temporal, content-related and social contexts. The analysis of these contexts and the management of context relationships are project management tasks. This contributes to ensure the project’s success.

5. What content-related contexts exist for a project?

Sometimes, implementing just one project is not enough to achieve a business objective. If several sequential projects are necessary, a chain of projects is to be performed. This chain represents a content-related context.

6. Which benefits are achieved by projects?

Projects are not performed as an end in itself, but instead are supposed to contribute to change the implementing organization. “Changes by Projects” is an organizational strategy.

7. Sounds exciting, where do I start?

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