Project Management

July Book Club Closing Webinar – The Project Manager's Little Book of Cheats: Q&A

PMI Silver Spring Chapter

Beth Spriggs' professional career began in information technology in 1999. As a certified PMP with over a decade of project management experience, she has combined her love for tech and project management by focusing her career on managing technology projects and portfolios. She is author of The Project Manager's Little Book of Cheats.

The July Book Club Q&A Closing Webinar – The Project Manager's Little Book of Cheats was packed with information, and below are the extra questions and answers that came out of that session.

1. How do you deal with politics of senior management not liking your sponsor and crating roadblocks that are totally irrelevant to the project?
I’ve been there! I know what that feels like, and it doesn’t feel good! Especially because, even though your sponsor has your back, that relationship with senior management is now unintentionally hurting you. And I’m assuming you don’t want to turn your back on your sponsor.

I wish I had a good answer to this one, but I don’t. All I can offer is that when I was in that same situation, I plowed through. I fought back on every roadblock that senior management put in front of me. I fought it with facts, over communication, delivering outcomes, buy-in and support from other staff, quantifying and demonstrating impact, and persistence. I didn’t give in, I didn’t stop, I didn’t let it slow me down. It was hard, no doubt, but persistence was the key.

2. How do you deal with a micro-managing stakeholder who just happens to be your boss?
I would suggest having a conversation with your boss, and would start by learning what kinds of information your boss needs, on what frequency and …


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