The Three Cs of Success: Collaborate, Coordinate & Communicate

Kevin Coleman is a highly skilled senior level project and program manager/advisor with experience leading projects with labor budgets ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to multi-million dollar budgets across multiple industries.

We now live and work in a highly complex and competitive world that is very demanding. Substantial research has been conducted on how best to proceed given the magnitude of change that is expected in the next three to five years. Our organizations must advance and adopt new technologies and business practices in order to remain relevant within our operational space.

As they strive to adapt, we as project managers must make the same efforts and update our skills, techniques and approaches used throughout the project management process. Each project management environment is different. One industry is different from the next, and entrepreneurial start-ups and new technology environments are unique unto themselves.

While there is no 100 percent guaranteed formula for success, the three “Cs” seem to have been the most widely applied within the project management profession: collaborate, coordinate and communicate. This triad creates a robust, interactive environment that is far different from the command-and-control environment that many project managers used in the past. The three Cs require formal and informal relationships within and external to the organization. They require the application of soft skills in order to be successful.

Collaborate
Collaboration is a levered means to an end. It is a process that spans the enterprise and has external elements as…

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