• Get a champion. Because you most likely don't have authority over all the people who affect the chances for your project's success, get an ally who does have that authority as soon as possible. This project champion can resolve team members' schedule and interpersonal conflicts and raise your project's visibility in the organization. (See Chapter 3 for more on the project champion and how to get one for your project.)
• Ask for and acknowledge your team members' functional managers' support. By thanking functional managers for supporting their staff and allowing the staff to honor their project commitments, you are encouraging those managers to provide similar support for you and others in the future.
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What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.