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Project Management Authority in a Composite Organization (#6 in the series Human Resources in Project Management)
By Joseph Phillips

It’s never as easy as it looks, right? Well, I can think of a few things that are: falling down, eating ice cream, and drinking beer. But when it comes to identifying your organizational structure you may find that you’re in a blend of the previous models. You’re in a composite. A composite is just two or more models that are adapted for a special project, for simplicity, or to keep power in check.

Knowing the type of structure you, the project manager, are operating in helps determine the autonomy you’ll have, the communication demands you’ll have to satisfy, and the workflow of your project. Of course, you’ll still have to live by all of your company’s HR policies. Just because you’re in a projectized model doesn’t mean you get to wear a comb over, squint a lot, and shove your hand in people’s faces while saying, “You’re fired.”

Joseph Phillips is the author of five books on project management and is a, PMI Project Management Professional, a CompTIA certified Project Professional, and a Certified Technical Trainer. For more information about Project Management Training, please visit Project Seminars.

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