"The ultimate inspiration is the deadline." [Nolan Bushnell]
Project management is the discipline of organizing and managing resources so that a project is completed within defined cost, quality, scope & time constraints. A project is a temporary and one-time undertaking to create a product or service which provides beneficial change or added value.
The responsible person to organize and to control a project is called project manager. There are some organizations which train necessary and useful project management skills. See www.prince2.com, for example.
A nice Prince2 © Training manual can be found here.
Websites I found interesting [read my disclaimer, please]:
Logfiles are helpful for daily control.