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Project Management Leadership: Situation Analysis

When we talk about groups within any organization, do you think leaders should be assigned before a project begins or should leaders emerge once the project is underway? Are there +'s and/or -'s to this approach? why or why not? Also, is there a specific type of group that uses this approach? If so, why or why not?

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It is very important that a project manager (PM) thoroughly understands what he or she is expected to achieve for the project and that he or she is capable of doing the job. It isn't hard to find and hire experienced PMs but some things need to be considered when hiring the right PM for the project. A PM must be hired for the right reasons or expectations so that he or she can be successful in delivering value and results. Oftentimes, management doesn't have a good idea of what goes on in project management to give them enough idea to find the right PM.

If the organization wants to hire the best PM for the project, management and concerned key personnel should meet and conduct a situation analysis of the proposed project that is brought about by a certain issue or concern. Situation analysis involves activities such as discovering existing internal information that are will be helpful for the upcoming project; conducting internal assessments by uncovering data in terms of performance, financial viability, capacity, adaptability, accountability, and compliance; ...

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This solution describes situation analysis as applied to project management particularly in hiring of project manager and factors to be considered on when to hire a PM (before the project starts or during the implementation of the project).