Advice is needed, please. I'm a learning student and very new to project management. I was thinking about a project but I want to be sure that it can be considered as a project : the title is close to ( sorry for my English ) : ''Reduction of rejects in factory (where I'm working) for the year 2012 '' A quality control procedure will be established to achieve that goal.
Does this 'project wannabe' has a clear objective, i.e. something will clearly be achieved or built? If so, you have a project.
Thinking broadly, I believe that as long as you can conceive an expected output, it's a project. THIS question talks about specifically Software, but might help you. There's also THIS one who goes in another direction but might also put some lights on your question.
Hope it helps.
"Creating a new procedure" certainly sounds like it could be a project. The PMBoK definition is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result.
A project has a start and an end so based on your title, you have a project. This assumes that your project has a document as final product that will be used by someone else in day-to-day operations.
Actually using that new procedure in day-to-day operations is not a project.
If something is a 'project' depends on the definition of 'project'. For various context, people and methodologies 'projects' can mean diffent things.
Others allready pointed to some Project Management Context type of definitions, so here is the GTD (David Allens personal producivity method Getting Things Done) defintion.
David says: "If it takes more then one step to complete, it is a project." Put another way, if you can answer the questions:
- what does "done" look like?
- what does "wild success" look like?
- what is the (single) next step to get closser to DONE
you have a project.
In your case, put in a GTD context, you have an "area of focus" probably for the next 3 to 12 months with a myrad of projects contained in it. In a project management context, you certainly have a (big) project on your hands.