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How to start a project that has a relatively low priority?

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Many organizations struggle to balance a long list of new projects because of funding problems, while the need for core services continues in a rapid pace.  Since organization cannot put every project as top priority, it looks like the project stakeholders need to figure out how to get things done even though other work may take precedence. So in order to succeed, these low priority projects need continued sponsorship and a dedicated team. 

Verifying the priority

Whenever we are overwhelmed by the challenges of project prioritization, we should remember that there is always a way forward. We may not be able to keep every project stakeholder perfectly happy, but if we can make the most effective use of our available resources while keeping the projects on track. However, If the project benefits appeared to be of considerable importance but inadequate priority than it's a threat, so we need to ensure that the sponsor clearly understand this. 

How to gain sponsorship

A sponsor is needed right from the start of the project, and that need will continue throughout the life of the project. But before we approach any stakeholder to consider sponsoring the project, be sure that we know the reason they should sponsor. Moreover, the relationship between the sponsor and project team must be based on high degree of interdependence, transparency and trust. So, discuss the expectations of the project with the sponsor, and ensure that both parties have a consistent understanding of the consequences if it ends up in failure. Repeat these discussions and make sure to document the sponsor and stakeholder commitments. 

Build a cohesive team

High performing teams are not the result of coincidence, but It's obtained by managing emotions. It is the ability to get team members inspired, so we must understand how team cohesiveness works and how bonding in a team will build energy.  They achieve greater levels of participation and collaboration because team members trust one another, and have confidence in their abilities and effectiveness. Finally, whatever we can uncover to build a committed team, it will help the project manager to get through the project regardless of it's priority level. 

Posted on: March 04, 2018 07:27 PM | Permalink

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Sante Delle-Vergini Senior Project Manager| Infosys Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Sometimes these are risky projects in that they can be terminated at any point. Also, you never know, some low priority projects can turn into high priority projects. The emerging Y2K programs of the past are a case in point.

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Drake Settsu Project Manager / Blogger Hi, USA
Good advice Anish!

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Anish Abraham Privacy Program Manager| University of Washington Auburn, Wa, USA
Thanks Sante, I agree that sometimes these are risky projects, so if we discover that the project does not seem very important to the sponsor, then we should investigate why the project is being undertaken in the first place.

Thanks, Drake.

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GIRISH JOGI Dombivli, Maharashtra, India
Thanks

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Eduin Fernando Valdes Alvarado Project Manager| F y F Fabricamos Futuro Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia
Thanks for sharing

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Anish Abraham Privacy Program Manager| University of Washington Auburn, Wa, USA
Thanks Girish and Eduin.

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Vincent Guerard Coach - Trainer - Speaker - Advisor| Freelance Mont-Royal, Quebec, Canada
Interesting,

impact on other projects? should be explore

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Anish Abraham Privacy Program Manager| University of Washington Auburn, Wa, USA
Thanks Vincent.

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Oana Niculae Funding Consultant| Soft Tehnica Bucharest, Romania
Great article! Thank you for sharing.

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Luis Branco CEO| Business Insight, Consultores de Gestão, Ldª Carcavelos, Lisboa, Portugal
Dear Anish
Regardless of your perspective on the topic: "How to start a project that has a relatively low priority?"

Thanks for sharing

Important point to remember: "
In order to succeed, these low priority projects need continued sponsorship and a dedicated team "

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