To Entrepreneurs, projects are not tasks!

To Entrepreneurs, projects are not tasks

Managing a project differs from fulfilling a task, program or professional work role. To make it more easy, I am putting down a list which will help you differentiate a project from other types of work.

A project has a specified outcome

Unlike a job or work role where you are likely to have aims that change over time, a project sets out to achieve a stated goal (or goals) with certain timetable.

A project involves a number of different tasks

These tasks are generally defined as the smallest useful units of work. Related tasks are often combined into work packages or activities, which can be assigned to a single supplier or team.

Each task will ideally be carried out by someone with suitable skills

Project working therefore calls for a multidisciplinary approach. The more complex a project, the greater the degree to which people and tasks need to be carefully matched.

A project is self-contained

It has its own aims, timetable and resources. That’s not to say that projects should be sealed off from the rest of the business – they can and should utilize skills and resources possessed by the wider organization, and the lessons learned should be exported to other colleagues and teams, and used on future projects.

Though they are capable of standing alone, projects may be linked to a wider program of work, or be part of portfolio of similar projects.

Adopting a project approach can yield significant benefits by defining clear outcomes against which to measure the input of resources and the quality of the project team and leadership. A project’s resources can be human, or financial or physical – equipment and so on.

Small wonder: A project should have a clear time frame and be undertaken to achieve a desired outcome.