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Project Management for IT-Related Projects by David I. Shepherd, Norman Smith, Brian West, Roger Ireland, Bob Hughes

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8.4 The organizational framework

In order to manage a project successfully it is essential that a formal management structure is in place.

  • Named personnel should be allocated to the roles — but several people may share a role and a single person may have more than one role.

  • Roles must carry appropriate authority and responsibility.

  • Individuals must carry out their roles correctly and willingly and must clearly understand their objectives. Status within the organization is not sufficient qualification. A period of relevant training may well be appropriate.

At the top of the project organization is a project sponsor. This person would be a senior person within the organization who would be able to champion the project at an appropriately high and ...

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