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What is Project Management? Three Definitions from PMI, APM and PRINCE2

What is Project Management?

Here you can find three definitions of project management – from APM, PMI and PRINCE2.

The PMI Definition of project management is:  The application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

The APM Definition of project management is: the application of processes, methods, skills, knowledge and experience to achieve specific project objectives according to the project acceptance criteria within agreed parameters.

The PRINCE2 Definition of project management is:  the planning, delegating, monitoring and control of all aspects of the project, and the motivation of those involved, to achieve the project objectives within the expected performance targets for time, cost, quality, scope, benefits and risk.

What I find a little interesting here is that PRINCE2 goes some way further than PMI and APM.  PMI and APM reference “skills” and “Techniques or methods” in a very general way, and explicitly states the methods being used, whilst also being explicit about the performance targets. It also demonstrates an understanding that there are specific challenges to working with people on projects, and that motivation of teams is necessary.

I’ll be interested to know your thoughts on which definition you prefer.  Feel free to add your views in the comments. 

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