Leading Through Influence: Identifying Fellow Influencers

The Clever PM

We’re often told that Product Managers “lead through influence” — that we don’t generally have the direct authority to get things done, but rather do so through convincing others of the best option available from the myriad choices they have. Product Management Authority Communication Culture Influence Interactions Leadership Organization

Leading Through Influence: Limiting Choices

The Clever PM

Product Management Authority Backlog Cat Herding Culture Direction Distractions Facilitation Good PM Influence Leadership Organization Priorities Psychology StrategyI was working with a future mentee last week and we noticed a recurring theme to some of our discussions — that a large part of good Product Management results from limiting the number of choices that our teams and our executives have to choose from, so that they make decisions that reflect the actual […].

Stakeholder Influencing Process [Video]

Project Risk Coach

In this video, Colin Gautrey shares his insights on how to influence stakeholders. The post Stakeholder Influencing Process [Video] appeared first on If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here.

Leading Through Influence — Managing Up

The Clever PM

When we say that Product Managers “lead through influence,” most people think of building rapport with the execution teams to ensure that you have the personal and professional leverage required to get them to do something without challenging things for their own reasons. Product Management Authority Communication Culture Good PM Influence Leadership Organization Roles

Six Essential Requirements of an Influencing Strategy

Project Risk Coach

This is a guest post from Colin Gautrey, an author, trainer and executive coach who has specialized in the field of power and influence for over ten years. He is the creator of the Stakeholder Influencing Masterclass. So, does your influencing strategy address all of these adequately?

Fresh Friday 25 March 2016 – 6 Interesting Articles on Influence and Leadership

Fix my Project Chaos

Here are 6 interesting articles on influence and the role it plays in leadership; The post Fresh Friday 25 March 2016 – 6 Interesting Articles on Influence and Leadership appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Blog Art of Project Leadership

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“Humans Are Hard…”

The Clever PM

Product Management Communication Culture Influence Interactions Leadership PM Problem Solving Psychology UCD UncertaintyNever have I heard a better description of the challenge that faces Product Managers than a quote that I overheard at this year’s ProductCamp Seattle — “Humans are hard…” spoken by none other than my fellow General Assembly Product Management instructor Tricia Cervenan, as part of a panel discussion.

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Podcast 106 – How to Become a Better Influencer

Fix my Project Chaos

Let’s talk about how to become a better influencer In this podcast, Elise Stevens speaks to Michelle Gibbings about how to become a better influencer. The post Podcast 106 – How to Become a Better Influencer appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Michelle has more than 20 years’ experience helping people in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors succeed through organisational change. She is the Founder and Director of Change Meridian, a […].

PMP Exam Change 2016: New Topics and Study Guidance (Part 2)

Deep Fried Brain

PMP Exam Change 2016 (Part 2): In part 1, we learned about PMI's Role Delineation Study (RDS), PMP Exam Content Outline, PMBOK Guide, and PMP Handbook, and how these influence the PMP Exam. Agile PMP PMP Exam Change 2016 PMP Exam Content Outline PMP Handbook Role Delineation Study (RDS

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Just Because You’re Delighted by Your Product Doesn’t Mean Your Users Are!

The Clever PM

Product Management Culture Influence PM Problem Solving Psychology Roles UCD UncertaintyThere are a lot of potential pitfalls that threaten our success as Product Manager — but by far the worst, in my opinion, is falling too much in love with your own ideas, whether those are problems, solutions, or even assumptions about the market and our customers. While I think they take it a bit […].

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PM 101 – Working With Designers

The Clever PM

Product Management Culture Design Influence Leadership Organization PM PM 101 Roles UCDThis is the first in what I hope to be a series of PM 101 posts, wherein I focus on some fundamentals of Product Management. For this first article, I’ve chosen a topic that’s near and dear to my heart, as well as one that’s been raised several times during my teaching sessions at General Assembly […].

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How to Get Organizational Alignment with your Product Roadmap

The Clever PM

Product Management Influence Leadership Organization Roadmap UserVoiceThis is the third in an ongoing series of blog posts originally published on the UserVoice Product Management blog. One of the constant tensions that product managers around the world deal with on a regular basis is creating product roadmaps that align with the expectations and needs of all of their stakeholders – particularly the management or […].

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How to Spend Your First 90 Days as a New Product Manager

The Clever PM

Product Management Culture Good PM Influence Interactions Leadership Organization PM RolesA lot of Product Managers wind up rolling into the position with little to no preparation, training, or even a real understanding of the role, and it’s common for early struggles to really hamper a newly-minted Product Manager’s success. To avoid this, it’s important to approach your job and your career just like you would […].

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What Makes a Great Product Manager?

The Clever PM

Product Management Culture Good PM Influence Leadership Learning PM Psychology RolesDue to the vagaries of how different companies and industries define the role of Product Manager, it’s often a struggle to determine what skills and abilities one must have in order to separate themselves from the crowd. But while the roles may differ, I’m a strong believer that there is a core set of capabilities […].

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What Does an Agile Culture Look Like?

The Clever PM

Product Management Agile Culture Influence Lean Organization PM Roles Scrum Strategy UncertaintyA common question posed to Product Managers in organizations interested in or transitioning into Agile is, “How do we know that we’re Agile?” ” Because agility is a cultural value, there’s no pre-determined checklist of things that one can step through and certify your company as 100% Organic Agile. There are, however, indicators that we look at to […].

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Podcast 106 – How to Become a Better Influencer

Fix my Project Chaos

Let’s talk about how to become a better influencer In this podcast, Elise Stevens speaks to Michelle Gibbings about how to become a better influencer. The post Podcast 106 – How to Become a Better Influencer appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Michelle has more than 20 years’ experience helping people in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors succeed through organisational change. She is the Founder and Director of Change Meridian, a […].

PM 101 – Working With Marketing

The Clever PM

Product Management Communication Culture Facilitation Good PM Influence Interactions Leadership OrganizationWe’ve already touched on the importance of working with Designers and Sales — and UserVoice gave me an opportunity to discuss working with Engineers — so today we’re going to continue the logical progression of teams that a Product Manager must have good relationships with by talking about the proper care and feeding of your Marketing teams. Product […].

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What Should a New Project Manager Focus On?

Girl's Guide to PM

So engage with them positively so you can learn from them, keep them informed and, when necessary, influence them gently. Software Review: BusiBI Project Manager 2016 v5.7 This is a guest article by Dr Mike Clayton, who is the well-known author and trainer behind Online PM Courses.*.

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Clarity Drives Success

The Clever PM

Product Management Authority Communication Culture Direction Do's Facilitation Good PM Influence Leadership OrganizationI’m often asked what I think makes a successful Product Manager, and after giving it some thought, I’ve narrowed it down to one key factor: Clarity. When applied to our daily jobs, this can mean any number of things: clarity of communication, clarity of purpose, driving discussions to clarity, or even insisting on clarity from […].

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What to Do When It’s All Falling Apart

The Clever PM

Product Management Communication Good PM Influence Leadership Problem Solving Trust UncertaintyAs Product Managers, we’re often right on the front lines when things start to go sideways — when the demo fails in the middle of a big customer presentation, when the Ops team can’t deploy the “fully-tested” and “ready for production” release, or when your customer acquisition and retention numbers start to dip. But rarely […].

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PM 101 – Working With Sales

The Clever PM

Product Management Influence Interactions Leadership Organization PM Roles TrustOf all of the teams that Product Managers must deal with on a regular basis, I really can’t think of any that have a worse reputation amongst our kin than Sales teams. Common tropes that I hear when talking about Sales teams with other Product Managers include things like “they don’t understand the product” or “they […].

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How to Actually Get in Front of Customers

The Clever PM

Product Management Culture Do's Good PM Influence Leadership Trust UCDOne of the most fundamental requirements to be a great Product Manager is getting outside the four walls of your office and engaging with your market, your prospects, and your customers directly. Unfortunately, in all too many companies, this is more difficult than it should be, if not utterly impossible. This is usually blamed on […].

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Metrics and unintended consequences

Musings on Project Management

In the online "Cross Talk -- Journal of Defense Software Engineering" for Sept Oct 2016 there is a an article entitled "Positive Influences and Unintended Consequences" by Rob Ashmore and Mike Standish of the U.K. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory On the general topic of metrics, they make the point that generally all metrics have unintended consequences. (No No news there; I think we. human factors Project Management

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Stakeholder-led Project Management [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

In these projects, stakeholders are identified and communicated with in the ‘normal’ way, but their power and influence is relatively low. The final type of project at the other end of the continuum is where stakeholders have a lot of power and influence over the project.

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Why Isn’t Agile Working For Me – Part 4 – What to Do When Agile Isn’t Working

The Clever PM

Product Management Agile Culture Good PM Influence Leadership PM Scrum UncertaintyThis is the fourth (and possibly final!) installment of my series of posts discussing why Agile may not be working for you or your organization. Part One focused on the role of culture and training; Part Two focused on the importance of continual improvement and evangelism; and Part Three focused on lack of knowledge, lack of commitment, […].

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Project Communication Plan Template [Free Download]

Girl's Guide to PM

Use it to record who has the influence on your project and also to keep track of your stakeholders'. This month’s free template is one you might not have come across before but it’s one of the most useful spreadsheet tabs I have.

When the Chips Are Down, Our Values Show Through

The Clever PM

Product Management Agile Culture Influence Leadership Organization Psychology UncertaintyThere comes a time in every Product Manager’s life when they face adversity and challenges above and beyond the day-to-day administrivia that we struggle with every day. And it’s in these moments, at these times, that we find out what we really believe in, and what we’re really willing to do to stand our ground […].

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5 Career Resolutions I Completed In 2016

Project Management Hacks

On this front, I learned more about the cultural influence of William Shakespeare. The post 5 Career Resolutions I Completed In 2016 appeared first on Project Management Hacks.

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Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

Arras People

Pushing further the point of Accountability and Ethics we discussed the next level of influence which impacts how we operate as professionals, namely our environment. External Influencers in Project Professionalism.

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What it takes to be a great project manager

Moira Alexander

Don't just manage teams -- motivate and influence them. Influence individuals and teams to optimize their contributions. A large part of the role of a project leader is to influence each team member to give their best regardless of personal views, obstacles, and conflicts. Influence is both an art and learned behavior that is often undervalued and overlooked. It's important to note that influence shouldn't be confused with manipulation.

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Right or wrong; inclusion or exclusion

Musings on Project Management

Thus, right or wrong gives way to the need and desire for inclusion -- having inside influence -- thus to avoid the hell of exclusion. Paraphrased from the comments of David Brooks in an TV interview with Charlie Rose, March 2016 Of course, the unsaid thing is that the principles behind being " Project ManagementSometimes it's about being right or wrong; but often it's about the fear of being excluded.

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How to Be a Powerful Risk Management Evangelist

Project Risk Coach

“Leadership is influence. To the extent we influence others, we lead them.” Can project managers influence senior leaders to adopt risk management and reduce the barrier to risk management? Who are the top leaders that you need to influence?

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Mama was a Model

Project Risk Coach

One of the most significant influences in my life was my mother’s love for teaching. I miss my mother greatly, but I am grateful for her example and influence. Question: Who was one person who influenced your life in significant ways?

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Inspiring Women in PM: Christine Unterhitzenberger

Girl's Guide to PM

During this time I discovered that I would like to manage not only the construction site but the overall project as this allows for more influence on the overall result.

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How to Close a Surprise TKO Project

Project Risk Coach

” Here’s your opportunity to lead and influence. Have you ever experienced surprise TKO (Technical Knockout) project? You never saw it coming. There was no countdown. Your project was over. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock (edited in Canva). Imagine a marketing project.

8 Ways You Can Better Respond to Unrealistic Demands

Project Risk Coach

This is a guest post from Colin Gautrey, an author, trainer and executive coach who has specialized in the field of power and influence for over ten years. He is the creator of the Stakeholder Influencing Masterclass. Review your approach to influencing stakeholders.

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Welcome to the Smart Stakeholder Management Series

Project Risk Coach

Colin Gautrey from Learn to Influence and I will be contributing to this series. Because I don’t know anyone who has more knowledge and experience in the realm of stakeholder management and influencing than Colin. Colin Gautrey on Influence (YouTube Video – Colin).

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Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Plan?

Project Risk Coach

Define how you will identify and record stakeholders, interest, needs, power, and influence. The Project Plan Checklist Have you left anything out of your project plan?

How to Turn Stakeholder Conflict on Its Head

Project Risk Coach

Project managers must use their leadership skills to influence the stakeholders. FREE: Engaging and Influencing Stakeholders Webinar. If you want to succeed in a large/complex organization, engaging and influencing your stakeholders is mandatory.

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5 Ways You May Unintentionally Create Schedule Risks

Project Risk Coach

Rather, Susan, an experienced project manager describes specific skills needed and uses her influencing skills to persuade the manager, greatly improving her chance for securing the queen resource.

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