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Usually the PM is assigned officially following the Project Charter Initiation. Project evaluation and choice among other projects are done prior to this and usually does not involve the PM. Do you believe the PM should be involved in this step and why ?
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Sooner is always better, that is a fact, however, involving the PM in the initial stage has some disadvantages as well. Sometimes all we care about is a signed contract.
From another angle, it depends on factors such as industry, organizational culture, organization size, project type and the project manager himself/herself. I could not identify the point of time where it is always the best the involve the project manager.
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Jan 03, 2016 7:42 AM
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Thank you for your feedback Homam. There might be a misunderstanding as my question is not when to involve the PM, the question is: Do you believe involving the PM in the Project Evaluation phase would add value ?
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Jan 03, 2016 7:37 AM
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Sooner is always better, that is a fact, however, involving the PM in the initial stage has some disadvantages as well. Sometimes all we care about is a signed contract.
From another angle, it depends on factors such as industry, organizational culture, organization size, project type and the project manager himself/herself. I could not identify the point of time where it is always the best the involve the project manager.
Thank you for your feedback Homam. There might be a misunderstanding as my question is not when to involve the PM, the question is: Do you believe involving the PM in the Project Evaluation phase would add value ?
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And that's exactly what i have answered Rami. Value is defined in the context of organizational culture. Involving the PM in the project evaluation phase is something to be determined based on the factors that I've mentioned (from my point of view). hope this helps now.
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Jan 03, 2016 7:51 AM
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Thank You Homam, appreciate your input.
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Jan 03, 2016 7:46 AM
Replying to Homam Al Khateeb
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And that's exactly what i have answered Rami. Value is defined in the context of organizational culture. Involving the PM in the project evaluation phase is something to be determined based on the factors that I've mentioned (from my point of view). hope this helps now.
Thank You Homam, appreciate your input.
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Hmm...good question.

I think so yes, only because, assuming the PM was involved in execution and not sleeping the entire time, they have inputs to commit to the successful evaluation. The better question is what inputs is the PM responsible for in evaluation.

Proper evaluation should occur at intervals after implementation and review with stakeholders. I think the farther it is out post-implementation the less likely a PM can be practically expected to be involved.
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Jan 03, 2016 2:59 PM
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Yes I think so too. Getting the PM involved in the proposal evaluation would make him aware why and how this project was chosen and will enhance his awareness in leading the project.
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Jan 03, 2016 2:27 PM
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Hmm...good question.

I think so yes, only because, assuming the PM was involved in execution and not sleeping the entire time, they have inputs to commit to the successful evaluation. The better question is what inputs is the PM responsible for in evaluation.

Proper evaluation should occur at intervals after implementation and review with stakeholders. I think the farther it is out post-implementation the less likely a PM can be practically expected to be involved.
Yes I think so too. Getting the PM involved in the proposal evaluation would make him aware why and how this project was chosen and will enhance his awareness in leading the project.
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I do not think PM should be involved in Project evaluation and selecting projects amongst many. Having PM would not add any value. These are part of the project sponsor and senior management role and they have insight into the organizational strategy (at a level) that a PM will not have.

Whatever PM will need to execute a particular project successfully in terms of "business value" or "objectives/goals" should be there in the business case and once PM prepares the Project charter what the objectives of the project should be crystal clear.
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Jan 03, 2016 4:29 PM
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I second this Adil, you are right. Yet, it does not hurt if he was involved or was briefed by the project sponsor. It will not reflect negatively but might reflect positively.
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Jan 03, 2016 4:07 PM
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I do not think PM should be involved in Project evaluation and selecting projects amongst many. Having PM would not add any value. These are part of the project sponsor and senior management role and they have insight into the organizational strategy (at a level) that a PM will not have.

Whatever PM will need to execute a particular project successfully in terms of "business value" or "objectives/goals" should be there in the business case and once PM prepares the Project charter what the objectives of the project should be crystal clear.
I second this Adil, you are right. Yet, it does not hurt if he was involved or was briefed by the project sponsor. It will not reflect negatively but might reflect positively.
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1 reply by Steven Zachary
Jan 03, 2016 4:57 PM
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I misunderstood this initial question. I thought you were referring to post-project evaluation. My answer reflects that assumption. ;)
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Jan 03, 2016 4:29 PM
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I second this Adil, you are right. Yet, it does not hurt if he was involved or was briefed by the project sponsor. It will not reflect negatively but might reflect positively.
I misunderstood this initial question. I thought you were referring to post-project evaluation. My answer reflects that assumption. ;)
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Jan 03, 2016 5:04 PM
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I noticed that but did not want to trigger it so we do not go into circles and novels :-)

So what is your opinion about the early involvement prior to project initiation ?
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Jan 03, 2016 4:57 PM
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I misunderstood this initial question. I thought you were referring to post-project evaluation. My answer reflects that assumption. ;)
I noticed that but did not want to trigger it so we do not go into circles and novels :-)

So what is your opinion about the early involvement prior to project initiation ?
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1 reply by Steven Zachary
Jan 03, 2016 6:50 PM
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Not necessary. PMs should focus on execution and should be brought on early enough to ensure their success and no earlier. The PM skillset does not compliment project evaluation at that level, more at the execution level. IMHO.
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