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The Project Management Answer Book, 2nd Edition by Jeff Furman

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CHAPTER 1Project Management Basics

The job of a project manager is to plan and manage projects. Later chapters will cover the many advanced aspects of project management.

Before we dive into the many facets of planning and managing projects, there are several key concepts, definitions, and resources that project managers (PMs) need to know about. Here are a few quick Q&As to give you the basics.

PROJECTS, PMS, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, AND PROGRAMS

Q1. What is the formal definition of project?

A1. A project is a temporary and unique work effort with a beginning date and an end date that creates a product, service, or result. Here’s a little more detail on the key pieces of this definition:

Temporary, with a beginning date and an end date. A project ...

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