Lots of people confuse projects and operations and oftentimes they consider operations to be an ongoing project.
But there's no such thing as an ongoing project.
I've had to explain this multiple times and if you work in project management, you'll have to do this a lot too so that you can set expectations on where your work starts and ends.
The handover between the project and operations needs to be clarified even before you start with your project so that it's clear who's going to take over and when.
But let's take a look at the differences between projects and operations so you get a better idea of what I'm talking about.
What's a Project?
I'm a certified Project Management Professional by the PMI and their PMBOK guide defines projects as "a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result."
- temporary - they have a definitive beginning and end
- unique - they are a new undertaking, unexplored ground
Projects are characterised by: