The paper 'What Makes a Project Unique " is a perfect example of a management assignment. Projects entail sequential undertakings which result in the creation of new unique products such as developing a new designer car or constructing a bridge or planning the sixteenth birthday party. Projects are a critical tool through which organizations meet their overall organizational strategy. Every single project in an organisation has a core purpose of enhancing organisational value. There are certain features which define all projects irrespective of size or magnitude. Projects are time-bounded, have well-defined goals and scope, have unique outcomes and tend to use a defined amount of resources.
Whatever project is pursued, they tend to be restricted to a certain point in terms of money, time, and expertise, among other necessary resources. Task 1.1.2 What makes a project unique is its focus on delivering new products not developed before which are focused on driving organisational sustainability in attaining its overall strategy. Day to day activities such as making coffee, posting a comment on a forum, or writing a letter, have no unique role to play in an overall strategy of any entity.
They are routine everyday tasks which differ from projects in terms of the uniqueness in deliverables and goals. For day to day activities, the deliverable may not be a one-time or a new thing, as is the case with a project. What makes projects unique is this very fact. In addition unlike everyday activities, what makes the project unique is that they cannot be done by just anybody. Due to the uniqueness of the products that need to be developed, each project, on its own, requires specific special skills, abilities and knowledge, all aimed to solve issues that are out of the ordinary. Task 1.1.3 From the definition, it is noted that a project needs to have a defined scope, time and budget.
While this is true for most projects, in my experience, some projects seeking to develop new products have tended to shift in scope. As the product being developed goes through the various project stages, newer information and capabilities are also discovered and old ones refined in a manner that may require an expansion of the project scope or a refinement of the project goal.
In other cases, involving the customer in the process increases the probability that they would make suggestions which may impact the scope of the project, or it may overstretch available resources such as time and finances. It is such occurrences that define the bulk of a project manager’ s role, as he/she has to ensure compliance to set the scope and deadlines, yet flexible and keen enough to note crucial changes. Response to student’ s comments A project takes into account the overall priority and strategy within an organisation into account.
This is because whatever the goal of the project is, it has to add value to an organisation, enhancing the organisation’ s competitive advantage in its industry. Within highly dynamic environments where goods and services are constantly changing, having quick turnaround projects is even more critical to such an organisation. This implies that a keen eye has to be put on working within the set time limits to make the project relevant. Furthermore, it is also important to work within the defined scope and budget.
However, the priority in any project, often defines how time, budget and scope are managed. Those that have a high focus on time constraints may stretch the budget a little and narrow the scope of the project
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