What is the difference between output and outcome?

What is the difference between output and outcome? Why does it matter in project management?

In the project management context, an output could refer to the result of a given process, like those discussed in ISO 21500 or PMBOK Guide. Well, if we consider the output of the ultimate process = the project, then the output is the final result or product.

On the other hands, an outcome focus on expected results, the realized benefits that could be derived post project completion.

To learn more, here is a video.

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A Project Management thought leader, who believes that project management touches all people, in all aspects of life; personal and professional.Initiated and led the formation of SUKAD Corp to develop the Uruk PPM Platform.An advocate of real-world, practical and applied project management.Champion of adaptive project management, tailored methods, and organizational project management.Available anywhere in the world to advise executives and organizations on the strategic value of project management. Ready to help organizations build and sustain the Project Management Function and the capacity to lead projects successfully.