Recommendations

Executives need to know what project management means and that well-managed projects have a big business impact. Organize sessions for executives help them get the training they need. Start with short sessions (two to three hours long), and create project management awareness. Speak the language that management understands. Assess the environment, and be conscious of other patterns and values in the organization. Define a glossary of PM terms for managers. This takes time but is very...

Project Manager

The project manager is the person responsible for getting things done. He or she requires a proactive relationship with the project sponsor and acts at all times as the one person responsible for the project. Good project managers need to develop key skills in a number of important areas Leadership The project manager leads the team in the use of project management methodology. Business judgment The project manager demonstrates sound business judgment in managing all aspects of a project. The...

Corporate Cultures

A first step is to understand the cultural environment. Corporate culture may be classified by type an organization can have a power, bureaucratic, task-oriented, or person-oriented culture. Power culture A single person or small group leads the organization. There is little or no respect for formal structures and procedures. Often these organizations are entrepreneurial. When these organizations grow, they have adaptation problems. This culture is very often difficult to change. Bureaucratic...

Acting as a Team

The project steering committee includes representatives of corporate clients, the project sponsor or sponsors, the business owner or owners, and sometimes the project manager. Usually, the members of the steering committee are not directly responsible for managing project activities but provide support and guidance for those who do. Upper managers through their roles on a steering committee can model desired organizational behaviors with regard to teamwork by demonstrating how teams collaborate...

Review Questionnaire

One of the project sponsor's roles is to verify not only that the project manager is managing the project properly but also that the manager is doing the right tasks that contribute to project and organization success. Figure 3.5 may be used by the project sponsor as a questionnaire or reminder that key elements of proactive sponsorship are being considered and executed. needs to take ownership. Plan to actively follow through after project deliverables have been produced to ensure that the end...