What Is an Organization

At this point in a project management life cycle, we are performing thehow planning activities to build the what that the customer wants. When we have the work breakdown structure (WBS) developed enough to represent the work to do, we can consider possible organizational breakdowns to get it done. But what is an organization, and why is this a big deal? It's a big deal because the wrong organizational structure can make managing the development project much harder than it has to be. It's like boating: Choose the wrong vessel for the situation, and you may work much harder to make progress—or, worse yet, sink! If you have a large crew and stormy weather ahead, then you probably want a large, sturdy vessel capable of carrying a lot people, comfortably sheltered, with command and control all on the same ship, firmly planted on the bridge with the captain, in whose hands everyone's destiny lies. If there is good weather expected, a looser approach could be taken, using perhaps several smaller vessels in a loose flotilla, each with a captain, following general directions from existing navigation

To get grounded in some basic organizational theory to help you understand the various organizational forms better, let's look at some classic organizational ideas and characteristics.

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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