Executives need to know what project management means and that well-managed projects have a big business impact. Organize sessions for executives; help them get the training they need. Start with short sessions (two to three hours long), and create project management awareness.

Speak the language that management understands. Assess the environment, and be conscious of other patterns and values in the organization. Define a glossary of PM terms for managers. This takes time but is very productive. Successful organizations are able to speak a common language, but some parts of the organization may still may need to use a dictionary at times.

Show and explain to executives that the sponsor role starts at the beginning and goes to the end of every project. The sponsor may be the "bodyguard" for the project manager.

Promote dialogue and communication between project managers and executives. Executives can learn more about daily project activities to keep them in alignment with strategic goals and be able to do more to benefit each project, as well as benefit the organization.

Executives may need to be "snoopy" in looking out for their customers. Be conscious about their problems, needs, and requirements. Invite executives to customer meetings. Facilitate the communication process in the organization.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

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.

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