Small projects, big results
No matter the scale of a project's budget and scope, project managers must approach all of their assignments--from the smallest to the mega-sized--with the same attention to planning each phase and selecting the most favorable processes and tools. This article discusses the significance of using a project management approach to implement small projects. In doing so, it explains that smaller projects can serve as testing grounds for project managers and identifies a process for determining a project's size to--and importance for--its sponsoring organization. It overviews how several individuals have used project management to implement small projects that achieved substantive results. Accompanying this article is a sidebar looking at the challenges of managing one-person, self-directed projects.