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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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The Skills Project Sponsors Need to Support Strategy

Often when I hear people talking about turning strategy into projects and delivering on the company’s vision, the emphasis is on two parties: the people who make the strategy, and the project managers (and their teams) who implement the projects to deliver the strategy. There’s a group missing in here: project sponsors. Project sponsorship is key to getting strategic projects implemented, and sponsors are not always the people who designed ...

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Four Tips on How to Get Started as a Project Sponsor

As the project sponsor you are the most senior decision-maker on the project. You are not the one who is running the project on a day-to-day basis and giving direction to the team – that’s the role of the project manager. Your role is to steer the project at a high level and to give direction when the project manager isn’t able to progress without your support. The challenge for ...

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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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Does Your Project Sponsor Work Like This?

Executives spend a lot of time identifying the right strategies for the business that, sooner or later, turn into projects and programmes (strategy execution).  A company’s ability to implement or execute these projects, which are often large and very visible, is what often distinguishes success from failure. There are several key best practices that are crucial to help executives keep their fingers on the pulse of these mission critical projects.  ...

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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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The 4 A’s of a Great Project Sponsor

When you work with a good project sponsor you know it. Doors open. Resources mysteriously appear. Money is available when previously you were told there was none. People who typically never show up to meetings or respond to emails start getting in touch. A great project sponsor really does oil the wheels of a project. But what makes a good sponsor? In their book, Project-Driven Creation, Jo Bos, Ernst Harting ...

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