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What is Project Management?

Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals. A project is a temporary endeavor with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables), undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies.

The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honoring the preconceived constraints. The primary constraints are scope, time, quality and budget. The secondary —and more ambitious— challenge is to optimize the allocation of necessary inputs and integrate them to meet pre-defined objectives. ( From Wikipedia)

The APAT Project Management Office

[How should we describe the PMO here?] The UKIT (now APAT) Project Management Office (PMO) was established in the summer of 2009 under the direction of Chief Information Officer Vince Kellen (now nnn). Since joining UK in early 2009, Kellen has been focused on strengthening project management methodology in the UKIT organization. The formation of the PMO is one of several strategic initiatives to improve the governance and performance of the growing project portfolio. The PMO has responsibility for the following:

  • Oversight of the IT project portfolio
  • Communicating with faculty, staff, and student stakeholders
  • Developing processes and standards that drive quality and efficiency
  • Educating project managers on industry best practices
  • Delivering a metric-based management system that enables highly successful projects and dynamic visibility to our stakeholders

The iPMS Tool

The APAT staff uses iPMS through the MyUK portal to track their time, and Project Managers and Technical Leads use the iPMS client to manage project tasks and Milestones.

There is a MyUK mobile app.

Project Managers and Technical Leads

Coming soon: How to set up a project, samples, how to maintain a project, reports, things to do / not do, and so on.

Quick Help Tips

  • To ask a question, Email the PMO
  • To request a project, please go to Service Now and fill out the New Charter form, which is under Project Charters in the left navigation area.
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  • For further help, Visit our FAQ

859-218-HELP (859-218-4357) 218help@uky.edu

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