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On Time! On Track! On Target! Managing Your Projects Successfully with Microsoft® Project by Bonnie Biafore

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Chapter Three. Obtaining Commitment for a Project

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes . . . but no plans.

Peter Drucker

A project without a team dedicated to making it a success is in trouble from the start. Although a project needs commitment at all levels of an organization, a project sponsor is the executive who is the project’s biggest fan, perhaps the person whose performance bonus depends most on the project’s outcome. Management support is a boon to a project manager trying to resolve resource shortages, money issues, conflicting priorities, or differences of opinion on project direction.

But the commitment of the people who work on the project day after day is equally important. When team members appreciate the ...

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