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How to Get Them to Love Your Project

ZAPPO PRODUCTS!“It’s caring about and taking care of people that makes or breaks the love on a project. take really good care of your team and your stakeholders and you will keep the love flowing right through launch and beyond.”

To make sure the people working in and around the project do indeed care about the project, you must answer this question: Is your project really, really important to the business?

Imagine if your employer chose a project of the year. This project would be one that everyone agreed and valued its importance, and one where everyone understood the benefit to the company. The reality, however, is that there are too many projects, being initiated from too many people, who all think they have discovered what the best direction for the company is.

If your team does not love the project and recognize it importance to the business the result will be failure.

So what’s a project manager to do?

“Don’t just do it – Put your foot down. Just Say NO! Before you commit to the project, tell the empress (project sponsor) she has no clothes. Be the voice of reason and tell the business owners that if they are going to continue to add to your must do project list, they must also agree on a stop doing project list. And the same goes for adding features once the project starts.”

About Ryan Malinoski

Ryan Malinoski was a staff writer and technical assistant for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He joined the team in 2013.

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