Interactions with Matrixed Functional Managers

Depending on the organizational structure of the enterprise at large, it may be necessary to interact with matrixed functional managers so as to obtain resources, the principal one of which is people. Especially in large organizations, there are managers of software engineering, or electronic engineering, or mechanical engineering groups. If a PM needs three software engineers for the project, the corporate culture may call for requesting such persons from the head of the software engineering group or department. This involves interviews with candidates, selections of the best persons for the job, conflicts with current assignments, and ultimately commitments of people for various specific lengths of time. Depending as well on the circumstances (e.g., the project load and level of business) as well as the people and personalities involved, this interaction may be easy or it may be difficult. If a PM cannot get satisfaction in terms of obtaining the necessary commitments of the right personnel, it may be necessary to work up the chain of command and across to the functional manager chain of command at a higher level than the PMs counterpart. Such are the necessary vagaries of working ''across the company'' in order to secure the needed project personnel and support. Much of this can be avoided if the PM has a go-ahead to hire, but the well-run organization will almost always have an eye out for borrowing or transferring people from one group to another to maximize productivity for the enterprise at large.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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