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The AMA Handbook of Project Management, 3rd Edition by Jeannette CABANIS-BREWIN, Paul C. DINSMORE

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CHAPTER 28Dealing With Power and Politics in Project Management

RANDALL L. ENGLUND, CONSULTANT

Project management is more than techniques to complete projects on time, scope, and budget. Organizations by their very nature are political, so effective project managers need to become politically sensitive. Astute “project politicians” assess the environment and develop an effective political plan help to address the power structure in an organization. They identify critical stakeholders’ levels of impact and support, develop a guiding coalition, and determine areas of focus.

Because all projects involve change, project managers and team members find themselves involved in an organizational change process. To be ignorant about leading change can ...

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