Project Management : a Field with a Future
the spectacular growth of project management, Fortune Magazine said
some years ago that it would be the profession of the 21 st century.Why
is there such enthusiasm for the field? Essentially because project
management has proved to be particularly well adapted to the world
in which organizations today are called on to operate, where they
must constantly perform "sets of interdependent activities
leading to delivery of new services, according to strict deadlines,
under rigorous performance, quality and cost constraints, in a complex,
uncertain context that involves many partners."
between that description and the definition of a project is no coincidence.
Multitude of Fields and Careers
is not surprising that project management has found a place in so
many fields, including construction, engineering, information technology,
research and development, pharmaceuticals, transportation, the environment,
energy, agriculture, tourism, trade and distribution, the social
sector, education, health, and federal, provincial, regional and
has its own world-wide professional association, the Project Management
Institute (PMI), which has numerous chapters in Canada and Québec.
The PMI grants an occupational title, Project Management Professional
As a project
management student, you will learn to conduct feasibility studies
that determine whether an idea deserves to be pursued, and if it
is worth pursuing, to define the resulting project in terms of strategy,
and to implement it effectively and efficiently.Your courses will
give you a chance to confront all aspects of a project: the technical
factors, of course, such as risk assessment and management, scheduling
of activities, cost management, and quality management, but also
the art of managing a team, motivating human resources, and handling
negotiations on environmental issues, for example.
As you progress,
you will be exposed to basic disciplines such as computer science,
psychology, strategic studies, political science, finance, accounting,
economics, law and marketing, all from a very concrete, highly targeted
short, you will master everything you need for traditional MBA-type
administration or management, and in addition, you will acquire
a results oriented way of thinking and acting. Projects are
aimed at creation and innovation, so they have a short life span
and must translate into results or measurable changes.