In a line organization, project managers receive results from the departments. They only have to coordinate delivery times as part of rough planning. However, they do not need to agree with the line managers on individual resources as is the case in a matrix organization. The team leader checks the project manager’s rough time planning in detail and reports the feasibility to him or her. If necessary time adjustments are made. Transparent coordination between the project manager and the department manager is an important prerequisite for success.
As a project manager, you can use Microsoft Project to prepare the time-related requirements you need from line managers. They then carry out their detailed planning in Microsoft Project. The summary task made up of the line managers’ responses is displayed in your Gantt chart. This enables you to coordinate with the line managers in case any discrepancies arise.
Alongside time-related information, other field content – such as work, costs, notes, etc. – can be transferred in both directions.
Find more information on using TPG ProjectLink for Program Management with Microsoft Project here.