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Is Your Project at Risk Due to Poor Stakeholder Relationships?

Have you ever been involved in a project where there were too many misunderstandings and disagreements about scope and priorities and where it was a struggle to gain buy-in and traction for important decisions and you found it difficult to influence your stakeholders throughout the project? Some stakeholders were not engaged, information wasn’t flowing to those who needed it and internal politics were getting in the way of effective collaboration. ...

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The PMO and Stakeholder Engagement

How can the PMO support project managers in stakeholder engagement? That was the question raised at the PMO Conference in a session delivered by Louise Worsley in London over a year ago now. It’s a question that still gets raised when the PMO looks beyond the more technical and analytical aspects of their work in supporting portfolio, programmes and projects in an organisation and thinks about how they can assist ...

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5 Myths of Stakeholder Management

I did some stakeholder management training recently and it was interesting to hear that many of the delegates have the same issues that I do at work. There seems to be some universal problems when it comes to dealing with people on projects… because we are dealing with people on projects. Having said that, there are also some common misunderstandings about what it means to be a project manager and ...

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5 ‘Musts’ of Stakeholder Engagement

There are new versions of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide®) – Fifth Edition (which will be the Sixth Edition) and PRINCE2® due out soon and I’m keen to see what, if anything, they have updated regarding how best to work with stakeholders on projects. When I sat down to think about what I would write into the new guidance, it was hard to specify ...

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What are Organisations Looking for When They Ask for “Stakeholder Management Skills”?

It’s a common cause of project failure directly attributable to project managers if it is not carried out effectively. It’s considered to be one of the arts of project management – not a science. It features prominently in job specifications and advertisements when organisations are looking for project managers. It basically covers the relationship and communication aspects of projects. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of references to it ...

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9 Ways To Deal With Stakeholders Who Want Your Project To Fail

I know we normally start a New Year dreaming of all the positive things that are going to happen. But let’s be realistic for a moment. I’m sure that at some point in the coming 12 months you are going to face someone in a position of power who doesn’t want your project to succeed. It happens. Whether it’s because it put their department out of a job, or they ...

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Stakeholder Analysis Works Both Ways

As project managers we spend a fair amount of time carrying out stakeholder analysis and working out who is a supporter and detractor on the project. There are complicated grids involved, often generating top secret information that experts go to lengths to stress should not be shared with the stakeholders involved – you don’t want them finding out that you know about their plans to undermine you, or that you ...

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How to Win People Over and Gain Buy-In from Senior Stakeholders

Project managers often ask me what the best approach is for gaining buy-in and winning people over. When they ask this question it’s often in connection with senior stakeholders who they find difficult to deal with. Oftentimes, they are working with a sponsor or a stakeholder who has a lot of power and influence over the project, but who isn’t coming to the table in a collaborative and supportive manner. ...

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