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A Manager’s Guide to Project Management: Learn How to Apply Best Practices by Michael B. Bender

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2. Project Management Framework and Structure

This chapter describes the overall framework and core concepts employed in managing projects. Most of the framework derives from the Project Management Institute (PMI) standard. In some cases, I alter the presentation slightly to improve understanding to those outside the discipline. I also incorporate other standards or perspectives where appropriate.

Core Concepts

I begin this chapter with a discussion regarding the basic concepts rooted in all projects: that they involve work. Understanding work and its relationship to projects helps us develop a comprehensive framework for project management.

The Purpose of Work

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