Informal Project Management

With informal project management, the organization recognizes the high cost of paperwork. Informal project management does not eliminate paperwork. Instead, paperwork requirements are reduced to the minimum acceptable levels. For this to work effectively, the organization must experience effective communications, cooperation, trust, and teamwork. These four elements are critical components of a cooperative culture. As trust develops, project sponsorship may be pushed down from the executive...

The Work Begins

On the first working day in January 1983, a meeting was held with the three vice presidents and Dr. Reddy to discuss the support needed for the project. (West was not in attendance at this meeting, although all participants had a copy of his memo.) Reddy I think we're heading for trouble in accepting this project. I've worked with Peters Company previously on R& D efforts, and they're tough to get along with. West is a good man, but I would never have assigned him as the project leader. His...

Immaturity I Maturity Excellence

Competency models and training. First, the cost of maintaining a full-time project manager on all projects may be prohibitive. The magnitude and risks of the project dictate whether a full-time or part-time assignment is necessary. Assigning a project manager full-time on an activity that does not require it is an overmanagement cost. Overmanagement of projects was considered an acceptable practice in the early days of project management because we had little knowledge on how to...

Project Management as Seen by the Various Departments

The general manager arranged through the personnel department to interview various managers on a confidential basis. The purpose of the interview was to evaluate the overall acceptance of the concept of formal project management. The answers to the question, How will project management affect your department were as follows Frank Harrel, quality and reliability manager Project management is the actual coordination of the resources of functional departments to achieve the time, cost, and...