Project managers interact continually with upper-level management, perhaps more so than with functional managers. Not only the success of the project, but even the career path of the project manager can depend on the working relationships and expectations established with upper-level management. There are four key variables in measuring the effectiveness of dealing with upper-level management. These variables are credibility, priority, accessibility, and visibility:
• Credibility comes from the image of a sound decision maker.
• It is normally based on experience in a variety of assignments.
• It is refueled by the manager and the status of his project.
• Making success visible to others increases credibility.
• To be believable, emphasize facts rather than opinions.
• Give credit to others; they may return this favor.
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