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Topics: PM in Academia, PMI Standards
Operational activity or project
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An organization has some events each year. They repeat the event for the next year. For example, holding a conference or setting up a potluck. Each year the executive people might be different but they use historical information. Can we call each event as a project or they are just operational?
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Operational work is ongoing work to support the business and systems of the organization. Each above mentioned event (say conference) will have a defferent content (scope) and needs to be individually initiated, planned and executed. Of course you use also historical information for each event (this is just best PM practise). In a nutshell the events can be called projects.
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Thank you, Peter, for the clear answer. now I can ask my second question confidently.
In an academic environment, is there any recommended approach to select a project (event) between these kinds of projects? most of the project selection approaches have a financial factor embedded while in this situation there are limited financial resources and preferences of academic improvement.
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It does not matter. What matters is the way the organization enhances the possibility to achieve the expected results. For example, in the case where I am working today, this type of situations are managed as projects. I can agree that we can discuss about it but I understood that it has not sense at the end except when any impact to organizational strategy implementation deserves it.
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Not neccesarily that financial factor determines the project.
what i understand is "The Project" is for Internal customer.
Return of investment is
# Employee connective
# Fun at work
# raise the Team spirit
where your returns are "invisible"
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Mohammad, one additional comment: The PMI Standard for Portfolio Management is a good guideline to answer your second question directed to me.
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If you're an attendee at the conference, it's not a project to you, it's an event or part of your job (operational). But if you coordinated the event, it would be a project to you since it's temporary and unique, and you would plan, execute (probably not control) and then close it out.

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