Many project managers tend to look down on small projects. They prefer big projects over small ones. Having a big project under him or her gives the project manager the feeling of being more powerful and important. However small projects offer many such opportunities that cannot be offered by large projects.
A small project usually has small number of team members, limited deliverables and budget and is to be delivered usually in a short duration of time. Small projects offer the project managers the opportunities to learn and try new projects. Some small projects are of high importance but most of them are of relatively less importance. This gives more latitude for decision-making to the project manager. The project manager is able to learn about news areas of business.
In large projects there is a large project team. It may not be possible for the project manager to cultivate personal relationships with all the team members. The relationship in such a large project team is usually functional. However in a small project the project team is small. This makes it possible for the project manager to nurture personal relationship with team members. The project becomes a canvas for the project manager to try his interpersonal and leadership skills. Project managers who are unable to manage and motivate small project teams will not be able to manage and motivate large project teams. Small projects prove to be a great learning ground for learning leadership skills. Leadership skills make a project manager more effective and successful.
Small projects have relatively smaller time schedule. The results of the project can therefore be seen quickly. The link between the deliverables of the project and the business goals of the organization can be perceived clearly. The project manager and team members get a lot of satisfaction in a short time if the project turns out to be a success.Small projects do not want long-term commitment from the project manager. This means that if a project manager doesn’t like the project after accepting it he or she will get relieved of it relatively sooner. Small projects also carry much less responsibility and are therefore less stressful for the project manager.
Sometimes a project manager may have to manage many small projects at the same time. This puts to test the multi-tasking abilities of the project manager.A good project manager is one who is not too much concerned by the size or importance of the project. Such a project manager is just concerned with ensuring that every project that comes under him or her is successful in achieving its goals and objectives.