Stakeholder management

The connected project manager

February 12, 2014

Collaboration tools have a number of benefits, and enhanced communication with stakeholders is top of the list. You can use your communications strategy to identify and map stakeholders. Your chosen tools enable the project team to engage with stakeholders in a way that suits their preferences, and many people today have shifted the way they […]

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How can I help you now it’s too late? [video]

February 10, 2014

Last autumn I presented (virtually) at the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter about Customer-Centric Project Management and continuous improvement as a better approach to lessons learned than the traditional project-implementation review. It was a good experience to give a presentation over webcam and audio conference, but it was weird not having immediate feedback from the people […]

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On International Project Management Day: a reflection

November 7, 2013

One of the themes for this year’s International Project Management Day (which is today) is environmental projects that protect or preserve the environment. I don’t work on installing wind farms or developing solar energy products, but I have recently taken part in Conference: Zero, which was a low-carbon conference. Conference: Zero was put on by […]

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What are the benefits of project governance (infographic)

November 4, 2013

What are the benefits of project governance? This infographic shares 6 reasons why project governance is a good thing for projects and project managers.

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4 unusual reasons why stakeholder management is important

October 9, 2013

All projects have stakeholders, even the very smallest initiatives. The major reason that most project management approaches give for doing stakeholder management is that it helps you understand more about the people who will be affected by the project. This then enables you to plan communication and engagement strategies to head off any problems. You […]

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7 things to do when your boss changes

July 8, 2013

“I’m retiring in a couple of months,” my boss said recently. Managers come and go as organisations are restructured, people take promotions, retirement or new posts outside the company. But I’ll be sad to see him go – he has been a great manager over the past few years. It got me thinking about what […]

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Top challenges for project sponsors

July 1, 2013
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Strategies for Sponsors

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Strategies for SponsorsRecently I’ve been speaking to the authors of a new book, Strategies for Project Sponsorship. Peter Taylor told me about how to build professional relationships with project sponsors, even when you don’t like them. Vicki James shared her tips for getting the best […]

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Why do stakeholders contribute?

May 15, 2013

I’ve recently read Project Stakeholder Management by Pernille Eskerod and Anna Lund Jepsen (part of Gower’s Fundamentals of Project Management series). It talks about why stakeholders contribute to projects. You might think that it’s obvious. After all, your project sponsor is probably the one who wanted this project to happen in the first place, and […]

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4 ways to proactively manage stakeholders

May 1, 2013

Stakeholder management is a hot topic at the moment, given that A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition now includes a tenth knowledge area on managing stakeholders. So Pernille Eskerod and Anna Lund Jepsen’s book, Project Stakeholder Management, is quite timely. In it, they argue that proactive stakeholder management is […]

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How being customer-centric improves IT and project success

April 8, 2013

The video of me at Øredev speaking about how customer centricity improves success is available online on the conference website. It’s a presentation about the case study in the book I co-wrote with Phil Peplow last year, Customer-Centric Project Management, but it also includes an updated project case study and some material that didn’t appear […]

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