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The project manager on smaller, less complex projects will have sufficient knowledge aboutthese issues to coordinate with the parent organization’s functional leaders. On morecomplex projects, the project may have an administrative manager responsible forcoordinating the administrative functions of the projects. On larger, more complex projects,an administrative function may be established as part of the project team, with many of thefunctions assigning a resource to the project. In all cases, the administrative function on aproject is closely related to the legal and organizational responsibilities of the parentorganization and close coordination is important.South American Mining ProjectThe South American mine project has major design work to accomplish in three differentdesign offices: Vancouver, Santiago, and Argentina. The project manager and the leadershipteam reside in Santiago, Chile. During the design stage of the project, the engineeringmanager in each engineering office is leading the work with project controls, procurement,and administration, each assigning resources to support the engineering activities at eachlocation. The project engineer manager assigned the engineering work based on thecapabilities of the office and coordinates the work between offices. The procurement,project controls, and administrative leaders assign resources to support the work in eachoffice. For example, the project controls manager assigned a planner in each office tosupport the engineering manager in that office to develop and track the schedule. Theproject planner in Vancouver supports the development of the engineering schedule in
Saylor URL:Saylor.org92Vancouver and communicates and coordinates with the planning activities in the otherlocationsWhen the project construction activities started, project controls, procurement, andadministrative resources moved from supporting engineering to supporting theconstruction activity. The project organizational structure changed as the engineeringmanager and the engineering effort changed from primarily designing the project tosupporting the construction effort, by answering construction questions and developingsolutions to construction challenges. The procurement effort changes from managing thebidding and contracting activities to managing the logistics.Figure 3.5Organization for Major International Project
Saylor URL:Saylor.org93KEY TAKEAWAYSKey functions on a project include sponsor, project manager, controls, procurement,technical, quality, and administration.The project sponsor has the organizational authority to provide guidance andresources and can overcome barriers for the project.The project manager is the project leader with broad responsibilities for all phases ofthe project and for meeting project goals and client expectations.

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