The Project Management Contribution to Volunteer and Community Projects

May 4, 2009 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Ask the Hut

The Project Management Contribution to Volunteer and Community Projects
By Ray W. Frohnhoefer

A PM Hut reader writes “what benefits, if any, do PM techniques bring to voluntary and community projects?” This is a great question for me to answer since all my work with the Project Management Institute is voluntary and contributes to the Project Management Community. However the professional community isn’t the only community that can benefit from PM expertise.

Of all projects, those with limited resources, time, and budgets can benefit the most from PM techniques. Keeping such projects on track is important to conserve limited financial resources and meet critical deadlines. The Project Management Institute’s Education Foundation publishes a disaster management methodology and offers training to NGOs. You can read more about these efforts and their benefits at

Project Management students at the University of San Diego also help out locally here in San Diego. Every year at Thanksgiving, they rebuild and/or renovate a home using basic project management techniques. You can read about the 2008 Thanksgiving House

So if have a community project, there are benefits to the discipline and innovation project management brings to the table. And if you are a project manager, consider some of the many opportunities to use the profession for community improvement.

Ray W. Frohnhoefer, MBA, PMP is the Director of the Project Support Office at EDmin as well as a consultant, speaker, writer, educator, and mentor on Project Management. Ray is currently serving on the Component and Community Relations Governance Committee of the Project Management Institute, a past Component Mentor for PMI Region 7 (Southwest North America), a Past President of PMI, San Diego Chapter, Inc., and an adjunct faculty member at three San Diego universities. You can find out more about his professional roles at and through his blog, The Project Notebook, at

6 people have left comments

Dear Sir,

I was wondering why there’s not any sort of EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) relevant articles or documents on this PERFECT kind of community as many people out there looking for such information?

Therefore, I appreciate you in advance to open a discussion concerning this matter as myself and other people around here got involved in this area and expected professional recommendations from your side.

Furthermore, we’ve got useful information concerning various huge projects in Oil & Gas Field that could be interesting to your readers either.

Best Regards,

Omid wrote on May 16, 2009 - 1:46 am | Visit Link

I am a union member and we are curently working without a contract. One of the major disputes is that the company wants to implement a matrix system of managment. the “matrix” totally distroys our senority. Did the writers of this global standard account for basic freedoms of the individual?

Jeff wrote on January 20, 2010 - 8:08 am | Visit Link


Matrix management does not specify anything about seniority, only how management and teams interact. Its about reporting relationships which are independent of seniority. If as you say, seniority is being destroyed, it has nothing to do with matrix management.


Ray Frohnhoefer wrote on January 21, 2010 - 11:19 pm | Visit Link

I am a good example of an union employee who does not want the matrix system taking away my rights. Your system is all about management. You see, if my company gets their way with this system I can be taken away from my job that I have been doing for over twenty years and put into a job that I have no desire to do. This system is a major dispute in our negotiations.

Thanks again,

Jeff wrote on January 24, 2010 - 1:59 pm | Visit Link

Hi Jeff,

Could you clarify more on your situation? For example, what are the rights that will be taken away from you and what and what kind of job (that you don’t like) will you be forced to do?

PM Hut wrote on January 24, 2010 - 2:06 pm | Visit Link

PM Hut, U.S. Borax/Rio Tinto had locked us out. Thanks in part to your system of managment. You can get more clarifcation at Or from Rio’s prespective at

Jeff wrote on February 2, 2010 - 9:29 am | Visit Link

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