My boss gave a few of us in IT a project management crash course to prepare for a year+ long integration of a large acquisition. I will be involved with the networking team but this was a more general course so we'd all understand the big picture and process. I learned what a CRP is first of all. Conference Room Pilot: basically the stage where you are doing everything in a test environment to ensure it is perfect before moving forward to implementation. It is more of a process because you end up having several CRP meetings with a final CRP which must be signed off on by the top level steering committee.
Also I learned about the Triple Constraint Law of project management. Basically it says there are three general aspects to any project plan: Time, Cost and Quality/Scope. These goals can be stated in plain English: Fast, Cheap and Good. The law goes on to state that only two of the three of these goals can be met in any project.
In other words if you decide you want the project results to be good and you want the project done fast... it will NOT be cheap. If you want the project results to be good and you want the project to be cheap, then it will NOT be fast. Lastly, if you try to do the project fast and cheap... you guessed it; it will not be GOOD!
It was a surprisingly interesting subject to me. Perhaps one of these days I will go to night school and get a MBA. After all, I don't imagine I will want to have to learn the latest Networking technology when I am 60 years old... with a MBA I can just move on up to management and boss other people and let them learn the ins and outs of IP version 8.