Welcome to Project Management Questions!

You can ask any question on Project Management and you can rest assured that real Project Managers will answer your shortly!

Is there such thing as mini project management?

+1
vote
We are a 5 person company and we cannot afford to bring a project manager on board, and we can't afford all the logistics and control of formal project management. Is there such a thing as mini project management, sort of a project management lite, that we can apply to manage our small projects? If it exists, then can you explain how it's done, and probably link to some related forms.

Currently we're using Excel to manage our projects, and it's working, but it gets messy from time to time.
asked 11 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

0
votes
You don't need a project manager to apply formal project management, and it's doesn't create that much of an overhead.

Even if you're a 5 person company, you'll soon discover that applying ad-hoc project management will quickly get out of hand, and you will feel that you really need some formal project management.

Mini project management does not officially exist, however, if it does, I see it as applying project management with the minimal overhead possible:

- Concise project documents (including the project charter, the project plan, and the lessons learned report)
- Short week meetings
- Simplified reporting

Ideally, to do all the above, you should use a project management tool (there are some free, but I'd go with one that is paid, they are not that expensive, and they are more reliable).

I would stay away from Excel to manage any project, even if it's a very small project in a very small company. It can get really messy once you start making changes in your project schedule, and you won't be able to keep track and compare your current schedule, costs, and scope to your original baseline.
answered 11 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

Related questions

0
votes
1
answer
+1
vote
2
answers
+1
vote
1
answer
+1
vote
2
answers
© 2010 - 2012 Project Management Questions - All Rights Reserved