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The TenStep® Project Management Process ("TenStep Process" or "TenStep") helps project managers successfully manage projects of all kinds. The TenStep Project Management Process provides a step-by-step approach, starting with the basics and getting as sophisticated as you need for your particular project.

The TenStep Process is a methodology for managing work as a project. It is designed to be as flexible as you need to manage your project. For instance, it may not make sense to spend a lot of time on risk management for a project that requires 500 hours of effort and is similar to many projects that were done before. That does not imply that you ignore potential risks - just that you do not spend as much time as you might on another project. This flexible and scalable approach is visible throughout the TenStep process and is one area that differentiates this methodology from others.

The term “project management” refers to the definition and planning, and the subsequent monitoring, controlling and conclusion of a project. All projects need some level of project management. You are doing it today - even if it is in your head. The larger the project and the more complex it is, the more there is a need for a formal, standard, structured process. You may be able to manage a project of two people and 200 hours in your head. However, you cannot manage a project of five people and 1,000 effort hours the same way. A project of ten people with 5,000 effort hours needs more formal management and a project of 20 people and 20,000 hours needs even more.

Obviously there is a cost to the effort associated with project management as well. You want to be sure to apply the right level of project management to a project to ensure that the value gained is greater than the cost incurred.

To better understand the TenStep process, let's first look at the benefits that will be obtained, review some basic TenStep assumptions and caveats and then get an overview of how the TenStep Project Management Process works.

Read an example of using project management in the real world.

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