This paper was originally published as The Strategy of Running Temporary Projects, Innovation, 1971. Although published over thirty years ago, we believe that its perceptive insights are just as valid today.

Thanks to Bob Youker, World Bank (Retired), for bringing this paper to our attention. The paper has since been edited for web presentation, Editor

Copyright: Lawrence Bennigson, MA, 02108. Email: lbennigson@hbs.ed.

Published here August 2004.

Introduction | Background | Managing the Project
Strategic Design of a Comprehensive Project Management System (CPMS)  
Important Areas to Consider | Standard Success Criteria
The System Can Be Evaluated Separately from the Task | End Game
Editor's Footnote  | PART 2

Editor's Footnote

Shortly after Larry Bennigson published his paper back in 1971, Bob Youker Of the World Bank (see sidebar) made the following comments and illustrated this paper's concepts with the diagram shown in Figure 1 below:

"After reading Larry Bennigson's paper in 1972, I prepared the following chart to use in training programs. I used it as a summary at the end of a course to present Larry’s ideas on design of comprehensive project management systems. Not just information systems but the complete project management system including organizational design and decision processes. In addition to Larry's various criteria and constraints I added the basic project management processes on the left side of the chart. In presenting to a class I started with everything covered with small scraps of paper. I started uncovering from Conception to Completion and so on in a counter clockwise direction. (Of course, with MS PowerPoint you can now produce the same effect electronically.) This is a very powerful way to pull together all of the aspects of project management.
Figure 1: Strategy for designing project management
Figure 1: Strategy for designing project management systems
The End Game  The End Game

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