Key Question: Does the project manager have the appropriate experience for your project's scope and size?
all the project management tasks that must be executed well, it's easy
to see why the project manager plays the key role in the success or
failure of a project. Still, project managers are often assigned to
projects in a haphazard way. In the best case, the project manager
should be experienced in managing projects of similar size and scope.
If that is not possible, it is extremely important to understand where
the deficiencies may lie and prepare a support environment for that
project manager to access in times of doubt or trouble."
example, good technicians are often promoted to project management
because they did a good job as a programmer, business analyst,
architect, and so on. However, this doesn't always work out because the
project management job and the technical job require different sets of
competencies. It's like the difference between being the conductor and
playing the violin. Good technicians know how to manage their tasks. A
good project manager, however, must know how to manage the tasks of
other people. Also, the project manager must be more empathetic to
people than an individual contributor."
"Another example of
inappropriate staffing is having a project manager who has only managed
a five-person project now manage a twenty five, fifty, or one
hundred-person project. Different skills and competencies are needed to
manage small, medium, and large projects. The key competency is in the
project manager's communication skills. With larger groups, the project
manager needs more team meetings and good status reporting. To manage
larger projects, the project manager must have more of a rigid
structure in place in order to accurately provide a fact-based answer
to the ever-present, 'Where is the project?' question from the project
sponsor. Also, with larger groups, the project manager must be able to
motivate managers instead of individuals and be a manager of managers,
which requires yet a different competency. All of these factors must be
considered when selecting a project manager in order to prevent the
project from failing because of an inexperienced leader."The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and
Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street,
10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20
years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in
rescuing ailing projects.