From the big picture to sub-projects
project management lessons of every kind on the superconducting super collider
An enormous project like the superconducting super collider (SSC) is actually a set of numerous sub-projects, many of which are themselves incredibly complex, costing millions, and involving many people. The SSC Project Management Office (PMO) plays a key role in integrating these sub-projects and is the focal point for project-wide communications. This article discusses such topics as the importance of external stakeholders, the influence of politics, and the way that project management can use conflicts to highlight areas where roles and responsibilities need clearer definition, where decisions need to be made, and where priorities need reordering. The larger and more complex the project, the more important are such factors as early planning, effective teamwork, and high-quality leadership.