Document Detail

Title: EM161-21 - Executing Small Projects - Instructor's Guide
Publication Date: 8/1/2003
Product Type: Education Module
Status: Supporting Product
Pages: 0

This module describes differences between managing small and large projects, then focuses on management activities and factors that are unique to the small project execution environment. For instance, CII research shows that pre-project planning and communication are critical for the success of small projects. Also explores how alliance or preferred suppliers and long-term core management teams can improve small project execution performance.

Education modules are not available for download from the Internet.

This publication contains:

  • PowerPoint® presentation files
  • RS161-1, Small Project Execution
  • IR161-2, Small Projects Toolkit
  • SP13, Manual for Small Special Project Management
  • RR161-11, “Factors Impacting Small Capital Project Execution”

Module Length: 8 hours


Abstract

This course focuses on management activities and factors that are unique to the small project execution environment. Many of successful management activities and techniques for project management generally are applicable to small projects. The course will overview the primary differences in managing small and large projects with an emphasis on those techniques and methods that the research has shown to be most effective.

Research conducted by the CII Small Projects Execution Research Team indicates that:

  • Front end planning effort for small projects is critical to success. Small projects have no “slack” in either budget processes nor in schedule.
  • Where the small project contractors are alliance or preferred vendors, the research shows improved project performance.
  • Communication is critical for the success of small projects. Core management teams functioning together over extended periods of time and organizations that have developed and used checklists to track project phases have been shown to improve small project execution performance.