I do not believe that good PMs should know everything. They should be experts in leading projects, and may also be experts in certain technical subject matter categories, but not in every technical subject matter category that the project team encounters difficulties in. Matrix organizations have evolved in part to take advantage of subject matter expertise throughout the organization, and PMs are expected to be able to effectively evaluate options associated with those inputs, and make or recommend appropriate decisions. Thus, a PM should really know how to ask the right questions. This is particularly true for complex and risky projects where “doing more with less” is a key goal, and the organization is partitioned into pockets of technical expertise (e.g., with a matrix structure). What are the right questions to ask? This is not a trivial question. It typically takes a fair amount of experience and “scar tissue” to become proficient at it. In my book “Project Risk Management: A Practical Implementation Approach” I’ve sprinkled in probing questions to consider for evaluating plans and assessing potential causes of unsuccessful project execution – to facilitate the risk management process and help ensure that project plans are thoroughly vetted and sound.
The objective of this series of posts is to provide insights into the breadth of Holistic Project Risk Management, especially as it relates to satisfying an organization’s objective to “Do More with Less” – which, if done well will improve the organization’s business success. The plan is to provide 2 posts per week over the course of 10 weeks. Thus, there will be time in between topics to comment and/or reach out to the author for clarification or further requests. Past posts will be assembled and stored on the Build2Scale.net website for future reference.
My text book “Project Risk Management: A Practical Implementation Approach” can be purchased via the following link: