Integrated Project Management By Earl Hall, Juliane Johnson
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Chapter 3. Project Work Breakdown Structure and Team Recruitment
The work breakdown structure concept is generic: It fits all types of projects. The same cannot be said for the project manager. Background determines who should lead a project. The project manager of a house-building project could not be expected to lead the construction of a jet engine. A jet engine project manager must understand aerodynamics, thermodynamics, combustion, mechanical design, and other closely related specialties things that are foreign to the house builder. This tells us that a marketing manager is obviously the logical person to manage a sales and marketing project, a software expert to manage a software development project, and so forth. Because the person who manages a project must have technical skills relevant to the project, there is no such thing as a generic project manager!