Project Management

The Difference between Project Products and Production

gearsWhat is the difference between production and project management?  An article by John Reiling tells us the two things sound similar, but they have very different definitions.  Production never ends.  It is a continual process, often with specific operations, that are constantly being improved.  An example would be network operations or customer support. 

Project management has a clear beginning and end.  When the project is over, there is a new product that is ready to use.  Project management is used in businesses like construction or software development.  However, the product of the project management doesn’t have to be a house or new software; it can also be a newly designed customer support system or other system that will be used long-term.

As you can see, it is difficult to have production without project management.  Despite the different definitions most companies will find that they use both at different times.  Whatever the environment, it is important to work on the company’s improvement, whether it is through short projects or continual production.

Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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