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


What to do

How to do it


Consider primary factors and impact factors

Apply the Sizing Factors tab to determine the relative size of your project. Remember, these are only guidelines and are initial determining factors. Apply your knowledge and experience too. 


Strike a balance

The primary factors and impact factors must be balanced to determine project size. Duration, cost and project team size cannot be the sole factors of project sizing. Typically lengthy, high-cost projects with sizeable project teams will be determined to be large regardless of any specific impact factors.

In contrast, a short-duration, low-cost project can still be technically complex and therefore highly visible to senior management. In this case, applying small-project management practices may not be appropriate. You might adapt your project management approach to include some more formal procedures than would ordinarily be suited for a small project.

The primary factors and impact factors must be balanced to ensure the appropriate level of project management is applied. 


Determine project use of Project Management Framework Practices

Using the project size, refer to the project management Framework Guide tab to determine the project management framework practices applicable to your project. The individual write-ups of each framework activity may also provide some guidance as to the level of detail that is necessary.


Select PMA navigation preference

For a small project, consider beginning with the PMA Overview link found at the Home Page, left sidebar.

For medium and large projects, consider beginning with the Stage links at the top.



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Updated June 15, 2006 - v1.2