I’ve been meditating on the definition of the word project, and how that applies on my work days. I’m getting to the conclusion that the english definition doesn’t fit the real word, at least not on the web development field.
Project – an enterprise carefully planned to achieve a particular aim
I disagree on that one, part of the project usually is to find the particular aim of that project :).
A project in business and science is a collaborative enterprise, frequently involving research or design, that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim.
Let’s take the carefully planned and change it to planned only, just to make it more compatible with the majority of the projects out there. I agree with the guys from 37 signals that planning is 100% guessing, and saying that you carefully guessed how long the project will take to be done is kind of nonsense.
The free online dictionary
An undertaking requiring concerted effort.
Ok, this is good, but it still lacks on some details.
First, let’s see what we can learn about the characteristics of the majority of projects.