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Project priority

Postby umeshbww Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:16 pm

In a matrix organization - if a project team member is working on multiple projects under different project managers and all this projects are sponsored by same Sponsor and managed by common Program Manager. Who will be responsible to set priorities for this member as per projects.

Project Managers
Sponsor
Program Manager
Functional Manager
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Re: Project priority

Postby sachinsinha Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:59 pm

It should be Project Manager
Here is the explanation as to why this option is most suitable
In Matrix organizational structure project manager shares responsibility with the functional managers for assigning priorities and for directing the work of persons assigned to the project.
Matrix organizations allow functional departments to focus on their specific business competencies and allow projects to be staffed with specialists from throughout the organization.
The matrix-based organization is also the most flexible when dealing with changing business needs and priorities.
The main disadvantage is that the reporting relationships are complex. Some people might report to functional manager for whom little work is done, while actually working for one or more project managers. It becomes more important for staff members to develop strong time management skills to ensure that they fulfil the work expectations of multiple managers. This organization also requires communication and cooperation between multiple functional and project managers that all need time from the same resources.
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Re: Project priority

Postby signor_rk Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:57 am

With reference to Figure 2-7 , Page # 31 of PMBOK5 , Sponsor works as a bridge between different project teams under different project managers and the program manager. So, he/she has got the responsibility to assign the said team member to various projects at specified scheduled time period. Therefore, I would prefer to choose the Option # B. Sponsor in this case.

Hope this should be okey. Any further review please.
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Re: Project priority

Postby Parul Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:24 am

Role of project manager is much narrower and deeper than the Program Manager. Project Manager is responsible for the project, project team and the outcome of the team he is working with. However Program Manager has the wider responsibility to oversee multiple project teams and is responsible for the overall outcome of the Program.

Project Manager is responsible for the his project milestones and Program Manager is responsible for the overall milestone of the program and is concern as how slipping of 1 milestone can impact other projects and risk attached to same.

Hence

C - Program Manager seems better choice in this scenario
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Re: Project priority

Postby signor_rk Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:45 am

Thanks Parul for the explanation.
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Re: Project priority

Postby Parul Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:31 am

Glad to share Ranjit :)
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Re: Project priority

Postby umeshbww Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:28 pm

Project Managers or Sponsor does not make sense. Because every project manager consider his project as priority because he is held responsible to meet project objectives.
Sponsor mostly communicate with project managers for project progress and provide resources. I doubt he would set priorities for performing team member.

Confusion is between : Functional manager and program manager. Team member reports to functional manager.

I think - in this scenario project managers / program manager will negotiate with functional manager to set priorities and ultimately functional manager will set priorities for team member after productive negotiation.

More inputs are welcomed.
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Re: Project priority

Postby Parul Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:43 am

Since it's a Matrix Organisation role of Functional manager is very low. 2ndly it says Project team which means we have appointed a team member for project which are been shared for diff projects.

Hope this helps

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