An Aid to Project Management in Large Organizations
Project managers working in large organizations must often overcome the constraints imposed by their organization's formal and informal structures. Only by understanding the types of problems that may occur while realizing a project in a large organization can project managers best prepare themselves for implementing projects in this type of environment. This article explains how a project manager manual developed at a large copper mining company helped the company's project managers determine alternative courses of action when they encountered organizational obstacles while working on their projects. In doing so, it describes the factors that led to the company's decision to create this manual--communication breakdowns, senior managers wanting more productive project results--and details the organization's structure and the project manager's responsibilities.