PMP: Project vs Operation – THICHBLOG

PMP: Project vs Operation

  • Project: temporary, unique, aligned with strategic objectives, with a defined outcome (product, service or result)
  • Operation: ongoing, repetitive, vital to sustaining the business

According PMBOK® Guide, “Project” and “Operation” are defined differently:

  • Project: A project is a temporary endeavor that is taken to create a unique deliverable (namely: product, service or result).
    • A project must be unique and non-recurring, i.e. every project is different.
    • Every project has a definite begin and end date.
    • The ultimate aim of projects are to achieve/align with the strategic objectives of the organization, e.g. improve efficiency, introduce new products, enhance current products, etc.
    • The end products for a project can be a new product, improved products, enhanced operation procedures, etc.
    • Examples: develop a new PMP® Exam reference book, create a new PMP® online training course, prepare for the PMP® Exam
  • Operation: Operations are routine ongoing activities/tasks for the organization.
    • Operations must adhere to pre-defined steps/procedures.
    • Operations carry on indefinitely until a change is introduced.
    • All normal business functions of the organization are considered operations.
    • Operations are necessary to sustain the business.
    • Examples: printing of PMP® Exam books, delivering online PMP® Exam training to Aspirants, accounting/staffing/sales management

On the other hand, “Project” and “Operation” do carry some similarities:

  • They both have to take limited resources into accounts.
  • Both projects and operations are performed by people/human resources.
  • Both involve execution and control (e.g. quality control).

Ho Nguyen

Những điều nhỏ nhặt trong hôm nay sẽ tạo nên sự khác biệt lớn vào ngày mai.

admin has 909 posts and counting.See all posts by admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.