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?

A Strategy for Engaging and Dealing With Difficult People

Girl's Guide to PM

In fact the best solution is to put a strategy in place before you are even faced with the problem, so that you will be better prepared and get a more successful outcome should you be faced with the dilemma. Planning an exit strategy is a smart move that helps you move roles.

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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 […].

Balancing Agility and Strategy

The Clever PM

One of the common struggles that Product Managers are faced with is figuring out how to be “agile” while still managing to a vision or strategy that’s been established by the Executives or Board. The important thing to remember is that strategy and agility are not in conflict with one another — if a strategy is […]. Product Management Agile Culture Good PM Influence Leadership Organization Planning PM Strategy

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

It may be that your strategy is one which is beyond the skills of your teams, in which case you need to choose a different problem to solve. Opportunity – an initiative supporting the strategy, easily a year or longer, maybe divisional in scope.

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The Best Free Project Management Resources


Additionnal Project management influencers on Twitter: Thomas Kennedy: @ThePMCoach. You can find a Twitter list of all these Project Management influencers here. Outline and write down the overall strategy. The numbers don’t lie: Managing complicated projects is a tough task.

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Stakeholder Management: PMP Study Guide for PMBOK 6th Ed.


Project Stakeholder Management identifies people or organizations that may impact or be impacted by your project, and develops strategies to manage their expectations. Stakeholder management strategyStrategies to increase stakeholders’ support and minimize their resistance (e.g.

How to Work Effectively with Your Project Sponsor

Arras People

The project sponsor should possess a strong appreciation of your organisation’s strategic goals; understand their role as sponsor; exert influence, and have some project management experience. This can take a variety of forms such as: Aligning the project with business strategy.

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How to use data analytics to improve project outcomes

Moira Alexander

Executives will use data and analytics for business strategy and growth, creating new additional roles for professionals. Companies of all sizes have been using data analytics to seek out opportunities, reduce costs, create efficiencies, make better and faster decisions, and ultimately increase customer satisfaction; this also translates at the project, program and portfolio levels since these greatly enable company-wide strategy.

What is VUCA?

Arras People

The responses are directly relevant to strategy, culture and leadership in all our organisations and businesses. influence everyone into action. The complexity/ simplicity factors influence construction of the ‘right’ cross organisation communications approaches.

How good is project sponsorship in your company?

Arras People

develop your influencing skills – sometime your sponsor simply has no interest or no time. Use your new-found skills to try to influence them or…. Check out Ron’s book “ Strategies for Project Sponsorship ” Project Management Training project sponsor

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Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

Project Bliss

You’ll also need to know when and how to escalate project risks as needed ( 7 Strategies to Follow When Escalating Project Risk ). Understand how market changes could impact or influence the project. The job title of “project manager” is pretty common these days.

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).

The Essential Project Management Competencies: A 2017 Perspective

Girl's Guide to PM

Influencing and negotiating. You'll also like: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Ten Strategies to Stop Feeling Like a Fraud at Work is an ebook designed for people who have ever felt as if.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Rather, as with most years, your ability to thrive has much more to do with your ability to lead and influence. One of the most successful learning strategies for me has been the gathering and sharing of stories from project and programme managers.

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What Should a New Project Manager Focus On?

Girl's Guide to PM

Strategy. And if you treat strategy, planning, and delivery as academic, theoretical, or abstract activities, you are lost. So engage with them positively so you can learn from them, keep them informed and, when necessary, influence them gently.

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Guilty of Annoying Your Stakeholders

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. FREE: Engaging and Influencing Stakeholders Webinar.

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.

5 Project Management Trends for Manufacturing Teams to Watch in 2017


As always, market forces continue to influence how businesses manage their projects. The need for an IIoT strategy across the manufacturing floor. Mobile project management tools and strategies.

Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

Herding Cats

Hope is Not a Strategy. Although each uncertainty type is distinct, a single project may encounter some combination of four types: Variation – comes from many small influences and yields a range of values on a particular activity.

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How to Facilitate the Resolution of Conflicting Ideas

Project Risk Coach

The program team has been working on an organizational strategy, where the mission is translated into a strategic plan that is subdivided into projects. Who can influence the change in a positive or negative manner? Defining the strategy.

Governance and Estimating

Herding Cats

Authority to influence behaviours. Business Strategy - Balanced Scorecard. If your business is not subject to any external governance process, you’re free to spend your money as you please.

Stakeholder-led Project Management [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

Develop strategies. In these projects, stakeholders are identified and communicated with in the ‘normal’ way, but their power and influence is relatively low. Role-based stakeholders have influence or power within the project because of the expertise they bring to the team.

Sustain Your PMO: Nine Easy Lessons

The Lazy Project Manager

Having the right ‘head’ of the PMO is also critical, in Leading Successful PMOs the top five attributes for a great PMO leader were explored: The good PMO leaders must champion project management and project managers across their organisation as well as believing in the business strategy.

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Building A Vendor Management Office: Lessons From Insurance And Airports

Project Management Hacks

However, the company has also accumulated vendor relationships that needed to be revised due to a new strategy. Economical has committed to success in the digital world and the vendor management strategy has to support that goal. Image Credit:

Don’t Limit Work in Progress

Pawel Brodzinski

That’s where we influence the change of behaviors. One strategy that worked for me very well over years was to change the discussion around WIP limits altogether. I’m a long-time fan of visual management.

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30 Networking Resources To Grow Your Career

Project Management Hacks

How to Get Busy Influencers to Share Your Stuff. If I implemented this strategy, the cost would be around $200 per year (assuming I pay for the other person and they have a similar order). Your #1 Relationship Building Strategy.

How To Become a Good Team Leader


Treating individuals as they have value, will develop positive influence, trust, and respect. You know you’ve reached level 3 leadership when you start using your influence and credibility to motivate your team to produce results.

How To Take Over An Existing Project [Free Checklist]

Girl's Guide to PM

Where does the project fit in the overall business strategy? The company culture has a lot of influence over what is done and what is ignored not followed up. Consider this. You’ve recently taken over a project that has already started. Your handover hasn’t been that great.

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Why Don’t 50% of People Do Stakeholder Engagement?

Girl's Guide to PM

Review how your engagement activities are going so you can switch out your strategies if you need to. Use it to record who has the influence on your project and also to keep track of your stakeholders'.

How to deal with a disengaged sponsor

Susanne Madsen

​ Have an honest conversation, even if it makes you feel uncomfortable You might think that there is little you can do to change the situation, but as the project manager you may be one of the best-placed people to influence the sponsor.

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6 Top Project Management Books for Engineers and Manufacturers


What sets it apart from other PM books is the focus on applying PM techniques and principles to the beginning stages of a project to influence the budget, scope, and timeline as early as possible. Strategies for juggling multiple project tasks.

The Three Things Every Project Manager Must Know about Project Governance

Ron Rosenhead

But plenty do start without being subject to full scrutiny, at a strategic level, against other competing projects, and in the context of a clear organizational strategy. There is plenty you can do to influence good governance on your project.

What is the difference between project management and project portfolio management?


As such, larger considerations of strategy are left by the wayside. For example, consider a portfolio strategy which decided to analyze 2 fiscal quarters and report on the effectiveness of the portfolio strategy goals. However, after the first quarter, a new development with one or more of the project markets occurs which alters the risk assessment under which the business strategy was defined. This marketing strategy will, in turn, become its own project.

How To Get More Luck At Work: The 4 Factors You Need

Project Management Hacks

The remaining factor – opportunity – may be influenced by your perspective though it is not fully under your control. The 5 Best Strategies for Learning on the Job. If you are negative about the company or project, that influence will spread to the rest of the team.

10 Project Portfolio Management Benefits You Need To Know

And not just for the benefit of your projects—this certain value will also create influence towards your stakeholders. Valued projects are not only measured on how long it takes to complete but the strategy and processes that come with it. A clearer understanding of project portfolio management will help you comprehend its benefits that contribute to an organization.

Nine Awesome Benefits in the World of Stakeholder Management

Project Risk Coach

I’m writing this article with one aim – I want to persuade you to improve your stakeholder influencing skills. FREE: Engaging and Influencing Stakeholders Webinar. John, a new project manager, has been failing to exploit and enhance the benefits of stakeholder management.

Risk Management: PMP Study Guide (PMBOK 6th Edition)


Influence diagrams. The choices of response strategies for threats include: Avoid. The choices for response strategies for opportunities include: Exploit. A response strategy for both threats and opportunities is: Accept.

Master Ego Depletion To Keep Out of Trouble At Work

Project Management Hacks

Use Energy Restoration Strategies. The sugar strategy does provide a short term boost with a longer term cost. Even highly trained and experienced professionals, who are handling life changing decisions each day, appear to be significantly influenced by breaks and meals.

4 Essential Project Management Phases – The Complete Guide

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Any error and confusion regarding the main strategy can slow down the project’s development. For this, you must think about your project’s main goal and how each part of the project will influence it.