DoIT Project Management Advisor
Conceptualize
Initiate
Plan
Execute & Control
Close Project
 
Glossary   Skip to Main Content
Determine Project Size

Overview
FAQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

What it is How to Sizing Factors Framework
Guide
 
 
What it is: Determine Project Size

Description
Sizing a project determines the relative size of a project effort. The size of the project is used to determine the extent to which project management practices are formally applied to the project.

Specific project-sizing guidelines are provided in the “How to” tab. Sizing the project is a ‘best-feel,’ not a scientifically derived factor. The size of the project guides you through the application of project management practices helpful to your project.

Rationale/Purpose
Project management practices help ensure that projects can be completed in a structured fashion – on time, on budget and producing expected results. But one size may not fit all. All projects need a minimum of project management to ensure project success. However, project management process should not overtake the project. When applying the project management practices, you must consider differences in project size. 

Who is involved
DoIT will always provide a project manager and a project sponsor for each project, regardless of project size.  The following table provides guidelines on these roles and possible other roles, which are dependent on project size.

Recommended Project Roles by Project Size

Small

Medium

Large

DoIT project manager (per cent time guideline)

10-20%

10-50%

75-100%

DoIT project sponsor (recommended position)

Group Manager

Group Manager/Director

Director/CIO Representative

Customer liaison

Yes

Yes

Yes

Customer project manager

Optional

Optional

Recommended

Customer sponsor

Optional

Optional

Required

Advisory committee(s)

No

Optional

Recommended

Result
Project size and applicable project management practices to apply to the project.

 

printer icon Printer-friendly

<< Return to top

Updated June 15, 2006 - v1.2