Managing projects through people
Managing projects through people

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Managing projects through people

Conclusion

This course has focused on managing projects through people and how important this is in relation to:

  • managing the relationship with stakeholders;

  • motivating the project team to get results;

  • dealing with senior management;

  • building relationships across the organisation in order to encourage co-operation;

  • satisfying the client and end user.

Recapping on the learning objectives from the beginning of this course:

  1. Be able to identify why managing people is an essential part of project management – we discussed how achieving project success depends on the effective use of human as well as material resources. We also examined how this is especially important in large-scale projects, which are becoming increasingly common in organisations today.

  2. Be able to establish which groups of people must be managed in a project and why and be able to explain what issues are at stake in managing them – you were introduced to stakeholder analysis as a means of identifying interest groups and their issues, and as a vehicle for devising an effective strategy for managing the various stakeholders in a project.

  3. Be able to evaluate how particular groups of people involved in a project might best be handled – this was addressed by examining how an effective project team might be built, discussing how senior management could best be handled, explaining the value of building relationships across the organisation and establishing the importance of satisfying the project client or end user.

  4. You are able to recognise which skills are most important for managing people in projects and know how to apply these skills where appropriate – communication skills, negotiation skills and political skills are particularly important skills for the project manager to have, we then discussed strategies and techniques for effective application of these skills.

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