PM Question of the Week - week 44 2014

Dear colleague, welcome to our "PM question of the week" newsletter for week 44 2014.

This week PMP question regards organizational influences on project management:

You are working in a weak matrix organization. Which of the following is likely to be the most important stakeholder?
a. The Chief Executive.
b. The functional manager.
c. The Customer.
d. The project staff.

Answer to question and explanation

The correct answer is b. The functional manager.

Explanation: this is somewhat of a classic question. The Project Manager's authority in weak matrix organizations is low, as well as resource availability. Even more critically, the budget is managed by the functional manager. Therefore the functional manager exerts a very high influence over the project life, and conversely the ability of the Project Manager to influence the functional manager is critical for the project success.

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