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What are the characteristics of a sub-project?

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I know that a subproject is a project that belongs to a bigger project. But in that case, shouldn't the sub-project be called a project and the bigger project be called a program?

So if a sub-project is not really a project, what are its characteristics?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

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Well subprojects are large tasks that can be worked on independently within a bigger project. For example, in a project for creating a web application, a subproject would be creating the design of the project (so the subproject will be a "design project").

Characteristics of subprojects are:

- They have a short duration (should be no longer than a month)
- They are part of a project (and not of a program, because if they are, then a subproject would be a project). In short, subprojects are a big task within a project.
- They don't have their own budget, but they do have their own schedule (they are actually scheduled twice: once as a task in the larger project, and once as a project)
- They can be managed by a person other than the project manager, and that person doesn't have to be a "real" project manager  (he can be the team leader)
- Conflict management, risk management, and stakeholder management are done on the project level, and not on the subproject level
- They usually have very few resources allocated to them
answered 10 years ago by TheManager (6,220 points)

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