Managing small projects

The principles and processes of project management apply to small projects as much as to big projects, and even minor initiatives can benefit from being run as projects. This article examines how the nine project management areas specified in the PMBOK® Guide (management of project scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, procurement, and integration) apply to small projects and addresses some of the issues affecting managers of small projects. Often, these people are only part-time project managers and must shoulder many of the project tasks as well. Running small projects can be an excellent training ground for project managers to hone their skills and gain experience managing multiple projects, while at the same time learning to bring value to each project.
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