Selecting Project Templates

It is senseless to use every project template for your project. You merely add a great administrative burden on yourself, and you will likely end up over schedule because of it. For example, it is inefficient to use the entire arsenal of templates on a database migration project. Instead, you should selectively identify critical templates required by the business. The following types of projects require different levels of project templates:

Small-sized projects. These are projects ranging from one to four months in duration. The emphasis is on completing the project as quickly as possible. Examples are small migration projects, creation of a Web site, or simply upgrading.

Medium-sized projects. These projects take up to twelve months in duration, which is the norm in most companies. They are not quickly resolved and usually consist of external vendors and integration. The level of risk and change control starts increasing with mediumsized projects. Examples are development of (1) a new network center in a new location, (2) a cellular phone project, and (3) a business intelligence project.

Super-sized projects. These are the largest of all projects. They may take a few years to complete. Examples of these projects are the development and building of ships or space vessels, large construction projects, or development of a new drug.

Figure 7.4 shows three categories of projects (i.e., small, medium, super) and the minimum project templates that are recommended. For small projects, the emphasis is on having only the minimum project templates, medium-sized projects require a few more, and the super-sized projects require the most, because of the amount of communication and coordination required.

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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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