1. What is a project?

Organizations perform multiple 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 projects or programs, depends on the respective organization and 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 there is a holistic solution available at the end of the project. The respective 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 in 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 and to prioritize requirements.

4. Which contexts are relevant for a project?

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

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

Sometimes, implementing a project is not enough to achieve a business objective. If several sequential and/or parallel projects are necessary, we call it chain of projects or programs. These represent a special form of content-related context.

6. Which benefits are achieved by projects?

Projects are performed out as an end in itself but instead they are supposed to contribute to a change of the implementing organization. “Changes by Projects” represents an organizational strategy.

7. Sounds exciting, where do I start?

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