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Project Management for Engineering Design by Charles Lessard

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CHAPTER 2

Project Management Overview

Before diving into project management, let us begin with a simple question. What is a “project”? A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to accomplish a unique purpose. I have managed projects ranging from simple projects, like the development of an automated EEG analyzer, to complex high dollar value, such as the installation of Spain’s Air Defense System. Yet, regardless of complexity, all projects have similar attributes:

1.  Each project has its own “unique purpose.”

2.  Projects are “temporary” with time constraints.

3.  Projects require resources (manpower, funding, and materials), often from various areas.

4.  Commercial projects should, and usually, have a primary sponsor and/or customer.

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