Completing the project
Completing the project

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Completing the project

4 Self-development from a project

4.1 Introduction

Managing a project provides considerable opportunities for self-development, but these can be lost if you become too immersed in delivering the project to remember that you will move on to other work once it concludes. For many managers, taking responsibility for a project is a time-bounded task with clear objectives and a fixed budget. A project usually involves managing staff, finance, operations and information across the boundaries of departments and functions, with complicated interactions and difficult situations. There is usually a strategic dimension, in ensuring that the project continues to align with organisational objectives and directions. Thus the project manager's overview of the project is similar to the chief executive's view of the whole organisation. There is an opportunity to use the experience of managing a project to develop yourself for a more senior role, and to demonstrate, through successful outcomes and evaluation, that you are prepared for such a role.

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