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Mastering Project, Program, and Portfolio Management: Models for Structuring and Executing the Project Hierarchy by Gary Lister

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4. Organizational Influences

Many of today’s organizations are famous (or infamous) for their culture and other organizational influences, which have a profound impact on the outcome of their projects.

Introduction

Projects typically occur in organizations that are larger than the projects themselves. Every organization or team has a unique set of values built into their culture. The culture in those organizations influence how projects are managed, problems are solved, and obstacles are overcome. Organizational influences and culture often severely reduce project management professionals’ seemingly infinite number of choices to just a few. In reality, a project manager has a finite number of realistic (and organizationally acceptable) choices ...

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