Jorge Domingez asked the question: is project management science or art?
I agree with Jorge that project management cannot be reduced to only art or only science. Rather, I see project management as a craft .
Wikipedia defines craft as "a skill, especially involving practical arts. It may refer to a trade or particular art."
Project management is about skills
Project management is being able to put people together, to organize work and to motivate the team to achieve the objective. While some are from the art world and some from the science side, these are all skills.
Project management is about the practical world
Project management is about achieving a defined goal. Projects are not theoretical endeavors.
Project managers are craftsmen and wormen
Project managers must bring together skills from different, almost opposite worlds (art and science) and work with their team to deliver something tangible at the end of the project.
What do you think?
Do you see project management as a craft?
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