James L. Easton Division Engineer Los Angeles County Flood Control District Los Angeles, California
Robert L. Day Project Manager Southern California Edison Company Rosemead, California
Solutions for the staggering problems facing the world today have called for the development of ever larger and more complex systems. It is debatable whether project management (or systems management) was developed as a result of management's need for a technique to handle such complex problems. However, like the chicken and the egg, it is a useless argument. What is not debatable is the fact that today's big, complex problems require integrated, multidisciplinary efforts. Project management provides just such an approach to problems.
In establishing the need for project management, there are some basic premises that must be recognized. First, every organization, whether public or private, produces a product, or provides a service, or does both. All of these