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People in Projects by Project Management Institute

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Change Initiative Objectives

To directly address project-manager/functional-manager relationship issues:

  1. Appropriately balance authority between functional managers and project or program managers.

    1.1.Avoid—particularly in large cross-functional projects—having a project manager report directly to a functional manager that is providing resources or services to the project manager’s project.
    1.2.Ensure that there is a clear escalation path and criteria for when to escalate issues between project managers and functional managers. Generally, this means identifying a steering group or a higher-level executive with the authority to break ties and adjust priorities.
    1.3.Clearly define project manager authority in a project charter.
    1.4.By requiring functional ...

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