This may sound simple enough, but it's often overlooked. The sponsors and stakeholders of your project are the...
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ones who will judge your success and shape your project and it's rarely just one person. Understand their expectations of your project and what issues are most important to them. Determine early on which of your stakeholders are most important in terms of both organizational and political terms and get their support. Don't be naÏve - ignoring the political reality in your organization can kill even the best projects.
12 STEPS TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT SUCCESS
Step 01: Identify sponsors and stakeholders
Step 02: Get a champion in top management
Step 03: Clear goals and achievable, objective deliverables
Step 04: Own the planning process
Step 05: Establish a methodology
Step 06: Be honest about your abilities
Step 07: Make sure you have the resources
Step 08: Assemble the best team you can
Step 09: Communicate early and often
Step 10: Establish clear metrics
Step 11: Keep your deliverables in mind
Step 12: Know when to ask for help