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Conference Proceeding

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2015 Project Management Symposium- University of Maryland

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Project success is dependent on the understanding of the project and applying the appropriate knowledge, skills, and processes. The paper presents a three dimensional model for understanding projects and developing an appropriate project management approach. The First Dimension represents the generic knowledge, skills, and processes appropriate for all projects and typically represented in such documents as the PMBOK. Although the First Dimension provides the basics for managing projects, it is not sufficient. The Second Dimension represents industry-specific knowledge, skills, and processes appropriate for projects in specific industries or industries with similar characteristics. The Third Dimension builds on both First and Second Dimensions and provides a discussion on profiling projects in the need for understanding and developing the tools and processes for managing projects outside the comfort zone of the organization. The three-dimensional model focuses our understanding of project management in developing research, designing appropriate education models and improving project performance.