Collecting Useful Business Strategy Information

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

When you represent the line of business as a project manager, you are, in part, meeting the strategic goals of the line of business. It makes sense that you should understand the business strategy behind the project. Understanding the strategy allows you to manage on a more sophisticated level and to meet the expectations of business leaders.

For some reason, however, it is not routine everywhere to provide the project manager with a complete package of strategic background information. Instead, you get a paragraph for the PMP.

To make things worse, if you are relatively new to the organization, there is rarely a single place you can go to access business strategy information. Every organization houses it differently--some centralized and some decentralized--so you have to know what sources to check to get a complete package of information. Here are four common sources to help your search…

Sponsor
The project sponsor is your first choice for strategy information because this is the individual who is most likely looking for benefits from the project that are tied to the strategy. Reviewing the material with the sponsor will allow you to get an idea of how important the objectives are--and which ones may be more important to your project or to the sponsor.

Program
Obtain program materials if your project is part of a program (multiple projects interrelated to…

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