Politics in Project Management was a theme of the second PM Forum, which took place on 17 April 2002 at MT&DCs training center in Falenty. The meeting gathered more than 40 executives representing some important corporate players on the Polish market in different industries (such as telecommunications, IT, finance, or power industry).
The notable assembly was greeted by MT&DC Board Member Tomasz Borucki, who talked about the idea of the meeting and introduced our special guest for the evening, an expert in project management - David L. Dickey.
In the official part of the PM Forum David L. Dickey, a graduate of and a lecturer at the famous United States Military Academy West Point, delivered his speech and led the discussion on politics in project management. Before he proceeded with the lecture, the expert asked all the participants to briefly introduce themselves in order to identify the environment he interacted with.
As David L. Dickey stressed, identification of project stakeholders is an element of effective project management. Other aspects of effective project management include identification of problems and ways of resolving them, authority building, and positive attitude to politics. Based on many years of experience in running projects (e.g. for the US Army), he argued that effective project management requires project managers to develop their political skills. David L. Dickey emphasized that in order to achieve their goals, project managers - just like politicians - have to master the art of influencing.
According to the idea of PM Forum, after the experts speech the evening continued with a more informal discussion on various aspects of project management at a buffet dinner. It was an opportunity to share project management experiences not only with David L. Dickey, but also with other instructors teaching at MT&DC - George Sifri and Urban Aderklint.
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