Basic Instructions: 

  • The section is to collectively decide the criteria that, taken as a whole at week end, define a “project.” 
  • Describe an example of a project in whichyou have participated and indicate how this project exhibits your criteria for a project. You may find that the examples in Schwalbe (2012) serve to recall real projects to you.
  • You should also address what’s new and/or changing in the field of project management.  Could it be, in part, “agile” methods? What are they?  Who now promotes their study and use? 

Additional Instructions:

Here for your consideration is the definition of a project taken from the Project Management Institute’s1 Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) (5th Edition, 2013), page 3:


A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. 

So, you might discuss whether if you accept this definition, is your AMBA 640 a project?

The course certainly is a temporary endeavor with a beginning and an end. But is it creating something unique? You could (1) answer this question, and in doing so, (2) provide your own, full definition of a project — and (3) thereafter comment constructively on others’ definitions.

Here in addressing whether AMBA 640 is a project, you should consider critical-thinking questions such as:

  • Is your AMBA 640 possibly a project?
  • What are the sides to the issue?  
  • What are the arguments for and against each of the sides?
  • What is (are) my conclusion(s)?
  • Which arguments were the most important ones, and why?]

You (4) should also think about, and discuss, why it matters whether something is a project, or not.

I’m (5) counting on you to provide, as tasked, at least one example of a project from your own work or other life experience and also whatever you come across that is new in PM.

Let the discussion begin.

Required Format:

None.  However, use good English in all your postings.

If replying to another posting, include enough of it to give the context for your reply.

Required Readings:  

A guide to the project management body of knowledge (5th Ed.) (2013). Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute. Scan






1For information on the Project Management Institute, including its available professional certifications, see our Webliography and/or directly.