Creating the Project Team

The Real Property Branch (RPB) of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) along with organizations such as the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) (USA) promote the use of 'project teams' in the delivery of real property projects in order to make informed decisions on critical project issues, and to reduce the risk of increased legal liabilities, claims and disputes.

Although Project Manager (PM)'s are responsible for the provision of the full range of project management services, they cannot also be held responsible to provide the full range of related professional, technical, or design and construction expertise (i.e. mechanical, electrical, environmental, civil, structural) nor the full quality assurance functions necessary on real property projects. For this reason, the project teams should include the related professional and technical expertise to deliver projects. This will provide them with the capability for making informed decisions, reducing risks, and ensuring a quality assurance function for the project.

PM's cannot independently and exclusively represent PSPC nor does their project management role include taking responsibility for professional and technical discipline expertise, related advice and quality assurance in the delivery of projects. PM's have a wide range of specialist resources available to them within the various internal PSPC organizations for this responsibility. Where feasible, PM's should include a 'Design Manager' as a partner on the project, to either lead a 'shadow design team' when the project is designed by consultants, or the actual 'design team' for in-house projects. Note: In some regions the term 'Design Manager' is synonymous with 'Design Team leader'.

PM's have a primary responsibility to direct their project teams, and outline the value added and quality assurance services required from each of the internal discipline expertise organizations. It is recommended that the PM:

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