Step 1. Understand the basics
When you seek assistance from an expert in any field whether it is a garage mechanic fixing your car, a doctor advising on your health, or a company lawyer explaining some point of law you will often find yourself listening to a set of unfamiliar words or, worse, familiar words used in unfamiliar ways. Welcome to the world of professional jargon!
Project management, like other professions, has built up its own glossary of jargon, much of which is unnecessary. This book explicitly sets out to be a step-by-step guide to project management that you can directly apply without having to become an expert project manager first, and this includes minimising jargon. Everyone finds jargon painful, but sometimes it can be useful. I have kept it to a minimum in this book, and where it is useful to know specific terms, I try to introduce them in the text at the most relevant points.
However, there is some jargon it is helpful to understand before going further in this book. Understanding this jargon will avoid any confusion. (Also, as a side benefit, you will be able to sound more like a professional project manager should you wish to!) Take the few minutes to read this chapter as it will make your life a lot easier.
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