Planning a project or new business enterprise? Check out this handy guide to Project Management! So, what is Project Management? In short, it involves planning, organising, monitoring and controlling resources to make sure you reach your project goals.
According to the Project Management Institute, “A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources, and a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal.”
Project management processes fall into five groups: Initiating; Planning; Executing; Monitoring and Controlling; and Closing. Project management knowledge draws on ten areas: Integration; Scope; Time; Cost; Quality; Procurement; Human resources; Communications; Risk management; and Stakeholder management.
Artists and creative professionals live and thrive in a world of projects. Projects can be large or small, last from weeks to even years and involve only the artist or a multitude of people. Whatever your project, you need to be efficient in managing your projects as this will have a big impact on your bottom line.
This section provides an overview of all the things you might want to consider in the early stages of your arts practice, and will take you through the steps needed to create a business plan; such as researching your industry, setting goals and establishing timelines. Having a good understanding of project management will ensure you have the right foundation to make your practice successful!