What is Project Management?
Great ideas don't make themselves. It starts with projects—temporary efforts to achieve a goal. Projects are initiatives to drive change, and project management is the skillset that leads project success.
More relevant than ever
Organizations center on project work when they need to evolve and execute new ideas, instead of routine operations. That's why today — due to technological advances, globalization, and disruption — people are working in projects more than ever before, and demand for project managers is high.
A leadership role
Project teams are made up of all types of professionals, but all projects need leadership to take them from start to finish. Project managers are the people who work to ensure that a project team meets its objectives. They have not only the mindset to make a difference, but the skillset to actually do so.
Vision + execution
Strong project managers are visionary, analytical, organized and driven. They combine business acumen, people skills, and knowledge of different ways of working to create a project plan, keep teams on-task and on-budget, communicate updates and navigate roadblocks. They make sure any initiative meets its goals.
Transferable to any industry
The world runs on projects — and we use them in every part of our lives. For this reason, project management opens enormous career possibilities. It's a set of capabilities that applies across all professions, from technology to transportation, energy to the environment, sales to social impact, and so much more.
About Project Management Institute (PMI)
As the world’s leading authority on project management, PMI empowers people to make ideas a reality. We serve the roughly 3 million project management professionals working in just about every country and help set the standards for the entire profession by providing certifications, community, education, research and advocacy.
PMI is built around the passion and purpose of thousands of volunteers, who shape our standards and care deeply about helping others succeed. We drive our work out of hundreds of local chapters to foster community. Regardless of industry, geography, or profession, we're committed to connecting early-career individuals with the skills, community, and opportunities they need to thrive in today's economy and create a better world.
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