A paper presented to the first Engineering Congress, The Institution of Engineers, India - Calcutta, January 1987

Introduction | Definition | Traditional | Hard-Soft | Environment
Characteristics | Concepts | Control | Breakdown | Fundamentals
Prerequisites | Summary | Appendix A | Appendix B

Success Prerequisites

Executive management should insist on the following organizational requirements. While they do not necessarily guarantee success, their absence will certainly make success more difficult to attain.

Competence - The project manager and his project management organization must be competent.

Internal Authority - The project manager must have the necessary managerial authority within his organization to ensure response to his requirements.

Commitment Authority - The project manager should have capability and authority to control the commitment of funds within prescribed limits.

Project Team - The project manager should have a say in the assembly of his project team. Functional and discipline personnel assigned to the project must also be competent.

External Authority - The project manager must be identified as the authoritative agent in dealing with outside parties, and be the responsible and single formal contact with them.

Involvement in Major Decisionsę - No major technical, cost, schedule, or performance decisions should be made without the project manager's participation.

Senior Management Support - Senior management must clearly demonstrate support for the project management concept.

Fundamentals for Success  Fundamentals for Success

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