At the earliest stage of a project, it is helpful to think about all the players. Most projects are not done in isolation. (Or shouldn’t be.)  Consider who will be impacted by your project throughout the larger company.

so who are you

Pull up an org chart and identify the following:

  • Who are the immediate people on the project team?
  • Who is the executive leadership responsible for the project?
  • Who are the champions?
  • Who are the naysayers?
  • Who is going to be impacted by the project?
  • How do all the people and roles relate to each other?

Each of these parties requires some level of communication throughout the project. For some folks it may be minimal, for others it may be a lot. Expanding communication beyond the project team and management on a regular basis will ensure organizational acceptance and mitigate last minute firestorms.

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