One of the skills that we chose to develop in our office this year is project management. Inevitably, that led to the question, What is a project?
As it turns out, there isn't a great definition of project out there - not one that applies to a nonprofit organization and/or a company that isn't large enough to have different divisions. Cribbing from some of the classics in project management and adding some of my own, here's my definition. Steal away, if it's helpful.
A Project is a unique, deliberate, coordinated pledge to do something that is intended to produce a specific result. Every Project has a defined start and end date (weeks or even a year) and requires the completion of series of tasks, often by more than one person, to produce the desired result.