According to Wikipedia; Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. So what is a project then? A project is unique as it is not in itself a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. Therefore a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies. A Project Manager is basically a person who handles, manages and ensures the timely delivery of the project. The role of Project managers is served as the glue that helps keep projects and people to work together. They are responsible for planning, organizing, managing and executing projects from beginning to end.
The project scope can vary from single pieces of collateral to multifaceted, multichannel marketing campaigns. Thus, the project manager’s role in a nutshell is the overall responsibility for the successful planning, execution, monitoring, control and closure of a project. As a project manager, your job is to plan, budget, and oversee and document all aspects of the specific project you are working on, work closely with upper management to make sure that scope and direction of each project is on schedule and as well as have other departments support and finally be in charge of the team to get the job done.
A project manager should be PMP certified. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is an industry recognized credential for project managers. PMP demonstrates the experience, education, skill and competency required to lead and direct projects. In recent years, projects have are basically driven by team focused leadership and empowering the knowledge workers for creating products or services in lean and agile situation of organizations.
In Nepal, the oldest University which is Tribhuvan University from the wing of Institute of Engineering has been conducting a Project management course whose main objective is to make students able to plan, monitor and control project and project related activities. The course is designed with fundamental studies of Project and project management. Some topics are Project management process groups, Project integration management, Project time management, Project cost management, quality management, Project communication, risk management, developing custom project for IT process and balance scorecard.
Likewise, private University like Kathmandu University is providing project management graduate program for those who desire to be a project manager in their career path. The studies of Project Management are under three prongs. Master of Science in project management (33 credit hours), Master of Engineering in Project Management (33 credit hours) and Graduate certificate in project management (12 credit hours).
Faculty of Science and Technology department of Pokhara University has also designed subjects like Master of science in Construction Management, Transport engineering and management, Civil Engineering and Rural engineering along with Engineering in Information technology for which the use of Project Management knowledge cannot be undermined.
In Nepal, government formulates plans and road maps for which different projects are formulated and worked upon. Some names like Rural Enterprises and Remittances Project (RERP), “SAMRIDDHI” is a joint initiative of the Government of Nepal and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The project is working in various district of State 1, 2 & 3.Other few names are Value chain development of fruit and vegetables in Nepal, Gorkha housing reconstruction project. INGOs have also facilitated projects in Nepal. One of the prominent name is UNDPs Community based flood and glacial lake outburst risk reduction project. It started on 2013 and ended on 2017.