Projects Are Not Unique

Current teachings from leading project organizations such as Project Management Institute (PMI) and Association for Project Management (APM) claim that a project is a unique endeavour with special and unique characteristics. The rationale behind is that each project is producing a unique product or service as an output. Accordingly, the project also requires unique and tailored efforts and elements to achieve its goal.

With the way projects are currently being handled, one indeed could argue that projects are unique constructs — however, they should not be. Most work packages in a project are at its core just clones of something that was already done before, and therefore are activities that practically should be a routine already, with often minor variations.

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