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Step 2: Get a champion in top management

Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects fail. Here are the twelve keys to project management success.

One of the toughest challenges in project management is motivating people who don't report to you. In the course of your project you may have to overcome bureaucratic hurdles, resistance from department managers, and getting cooperation from people with their own set of priorities. Without firm support from senior management, no one will take your project seriously and you'll constantly be swimming against the current. Always try diplomacy first, but when that fails you'll need a big motivational stick - and nothing gets the wheels turning like a friendly phone call from senior level management.


Home: Introduction
 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

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