Understand how the changes get made, who authorizes them, and why the impact of a change is so important.
Understand what it takes to build consensus among project stakeholders. Know what a project kick-off meeting is about, and understand components such as negotiation, meetings, and memos.
Be able to recognize and explain the need for management buy-in. Know how and why to involve management in up-front decisions regarding the project concept and charter, defining and approving the scope, and reviewing deliverables, and be prepared to provide a role for management as spokesperson, advocate, team members.
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