Managing the Small Project Environment

Why This Session?   (4 hours)Small Project Guide

Many of your staff members perform project-related work. Often they don’t manage that work as a project—just something that needs to be done by the end of the month (or by today!). The result: the majority of your projects are unmanaged! This is typical of the small project environment in today’s organization.

Small project work requires a unique set of traits: ability to react quickly, apply broader skills, and the ability to juggle multiple concurrent “priority ones”. This Manager’s Overview identifies the issues facing the Manager of staff who specialize in the “need it yesterday” small project. In addition to sharing the universal secrets of success with small projects, we also apply the strengths of our unique Small Project Management methodology, our Small Project Guide.


  • Define small projects, and the unique issues facing them.
  • Discuss an approach to managing small projects that improves consistency, quality and responsiveness, while producing a documentation trail for each project.
  • Identify the minimum techniques needed for successful small project management, and the most important management information that you should receive from your staff.
  • Describe a prioritization process that keeps staff focused on the projects with greatest business benefit, and allows more efficient use of staff, while maximizing customer satisfaction.
  • Describe the role the effective Manager plays in the small project environment.
  • Identify an action plan for maximizing the strengths of a more consistent small project approach.


This session is for first and second-level Managers of staff who work on small projects. A small project typically requires 360 hours of effort or less, is completed within 3 months, and is staffed by one or more people who also have other high priority efforts. Customers of small projects can also benefit greatly from this overview.