Project vs. Process
There is too much misunderstanding and a lack of differentiation between neighbor definitions: the project and the process.
To be more confusing, we are using two words that sound nearly the same…
What exactly is the difference? Is there a “better”? And what do project and process management involve?
Project vs. Process Defined:
A project is about creating something new or implementing a change, whereas a process is intended to create value by repeatedly performing a task.
In a project, objectives and plans can be changed by the stakeholders that give a project its mandate and resources, along with agreement from the project team.
Processes are established procedures for ongoing work, and we can only change them with planning and investment.
A project is temporary because it has a defined beginning and end in time and therefore defined scope and resources. And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation but a specific set of procedures designed to accomplish a singular goal.
As a bottom line, projects are intended to create change. In contrast, processes are designed to resist change because they establish a repeatable workflow that we should always follow.
Processes are how work gets standardized.
Projects are how process work gets improved.
The Process of Project Management:
Project management is a well-established methodology for managing and executing organizational changes. Interestingly, project management is a defined, repeatable process and a transparent methodology and method for managing and implementing organizational changes.
Ultimately, all work involves a process, and project management is no different. Proper project management proceeds according to well-defined principles and procedures for managing organizational changes and new initiatives to a successful conclusion. It is simply a precise and carefully designed process designed to be repeated and executed whenever your business is making a significant change and doing something new for the first time.
Implementing those changes is called project management, and each change should be managed as a project.
Project vs. Process: Both Are Equally Important
There is no difference in importance between a project and a process. Each plays a vital role in achieving essential objectives within a business, and you should make sure to use both as appropriate.
Processes are ongoing and repeated procedures that help achieve your business goals. At the same time, projects are the ways to alter processes, launch new products, or otherwise make changes in your organization that advance your objectives in new ways.
What was your most exciting project, and what was the process of its delivery?