James L. Eastont Division Engineer Los Angeles County Flood Control District Los Angeles, California
Robert L. Day Project Manager Southern California Edison Company Rosemead, California
"OK boss, we've decided to use project management, what now?" The boss should answer, "Before we take any drastic actions, we've got to do a lot of careful planning."
Once the need for project management has been established, the organization must be careful not to jump too precipitously into project management. It is risky for a chief executive to merely issue a memo creating a project and a project manager, and then expect everything to go well. This would probably result in complete disruption of the entire organization. Top management must realize that their management and their specialists very probably prefer the status quo. As indicated previously, line or functional management is very comfortable with the hierarchical organization, and will be strongly resistant to change. It also must be recognized that the implemen-