Networking Human Resources

My buddy, Rick, and I do an exaggerated used car salesman thumbs-up whenever one of us mentions networking. We know networking works—it's a great way to meet new people, find new business, and make friends. Networking events, such as your PMI chapter meetings, luncheons, and just working a room, are all ways to help your project move forward by better understanding how your organization moves through political and interpersonal relationships.

Project Team Member

Activity

Steve

Martha

Sam

Liza

Mike

Foundation

A

R

A

1

C

Framing

1

A

A

1

C

Wiring

A

C

C

R

C

Testing

1

1

A

C

A

Figure 9-2 RACI charts show the relation between activities and project team members.

Figure 9-2 RACI charts show the relation between activities and project team members.

Basically, networking supports the old adage that people like to do business with people they like. If people don't know you, they won't get a chance to like you. Networking functions, especially those internal to your organization, are great methods to meet and greet and share news about your projects. The PMBOK advises that attending networking events on an ongoing basis is effective. Some project managers fall into the trap of networking only at the launch of a project. However, it's the steady networking that builds relationships.

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