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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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On modern projects, there are many reasons why project leaders may have no direct authority over team members. Matrix teams, with contributors who report to other managers, and geographically distributed project teams are prime examples. Projects that depend on staff and consultants external to the project as a result of procurement planning may also face control challenges. While cross-organizational teams may have many potential benefits, ultimate project success depends upon your effort and leadership to establish influence, build teamwork, and obtain credible commitments.

One source of influence is sponsorship from upper managers or from powerful, respected individuals. Work to build high-level support for the project from key decision ...

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