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The Project Management Question and Answer Book by Marina N. GRASHINA, Michael W. NEWELL

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7Building Projects inOrganizations

How do I organize for project management?

Projects work best in a balanced matrix type of organization. This is because the resources of the company are permanent and projects are not. We remember that the definition of a project is “. . . a temporary endeavor. . . .” Project teams are formed for the life of a project. This means that we are able to bring the right resources together for a project and use them for the amount of time they are needed. But where do they come from?

As we try to answer this question, we start thinking about the most efficient type of organization for managing projects. To do that, we first have to take a look at the types of organizations developed through history as people learned ...

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