James N. Salapatas Manager, Project Control Services Florida Power and Light Miami, Florida
How much project management is enough? The answer to this question depends on a variety of complex issues involving the project itself, the organizational climate in which the project will be carried out, and the management philosophy of the company sponsoring the project.
While not a simple task, analyzing and categorizing any project by objectives, size, scope, and other individual characteristics can be accomplished using a predetermined framework. Furthermore, organization theory provides the ability to assess organizational character and idiosyncracies. In determining how much is enough, a dilemma occurs in matching the project, the organization, and the value system of the sponsoring company.
What is the value of the project to the company? What constitutes project success? What is lost if the project fails? What constitutes failure? What is the operating strategy of the company, and what types of management ac-