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What changes for a Project Manager after they have had a resounding project success?
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Whether you got your team to the finish line without fanfare, or you made a strategic move in the last quarter of the project that catapulted you to success, the PM may notice that their environment and personal interactions with others appears/feels different than it did before.

Please provide the aspects of your environment, personal interactions and future endeavors that changed after you had a resounding success.
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Hi George: You ask the best questions! For me, project successes have opened other doors - more projects continue to come my way, I've made excellent contacts and relationships with a variety of vendors and experts. This history helps with upcoming projects - I reach out to vendors and we already have a good rapport right from the start - makes it easier. On a personal level, the successes help me become more confident in my field and more willing to speak up as an expert.
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George -

Success begets more challenging work. I've generally found the bar is raised when you manage to surpass expectations.

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I do federal work in the IT division of the U. S. Census Bureau. In my environment surpassing expectations has meant people who formerly thought project management was bureaucratic waste now demand it on their projects. It also means senior management listens more to advice regarding project organization and strategy.
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An interesting byproduct of success (especially new technology-based success) is that resources start competing to jump on board your next project, when said project does not yet exist.

So far, we have:

- Lori: New projects come your way; having a history with vendors makes it easier for the next go-around; and each success creates more confidence to speak up as an expert.

- Kiron: Success begets more challenging work

- Eric: Success changes the mindset of others, making them recognize the value of project management; senior management becomes more open on the subject of project management.

That’s a good start, but I know there is much more that can be shared on this subject. Provide your experiences, even if they are similar in nature to the ones already stated.
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Jun 28, 2019 8:37 AM
Kiron Bondale
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A track record of delivery success is also a prerequisite to executive roles in some companies...
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Jun 28, 2019 7:49 AM
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An interesting byproduct of success (especially new technology-based success) is that resources start competing to jump on board your next project, when said project does not yet exist.

So far, we have:

- Lori: New projects come your way; having a history with vendors makes it easier for the next go-around; and each success creates more confidence to speak up as an expert.

- Kiron: Success begets more challenging work

- Eric: Success changes the mindset of others, making them recognize the value of project management; senior management becomes more open on the subject of project management.

That’s a good start, but I know there is much more that can be shared on this subject. Provide your experiences, even if they are similar in nature to the ones already stated.
A track record of delivery success is also a prerequisite to executive roles in some companies...
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Hi George, I’ve experienced similar effects as mentioned here.. more complex challenges, recognition by management, raising the bar, building reputation among customers. Basically a project success brings more projects:)
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Certainly if you're viewed as successful you'll get the harder, more complex projects that have higher management visibility and greater consequence of failure. What's important is to not let it go to your head. Execute confidently but humbly and be appropriately transparent with your stakeholders. Prove you're not a one-hit wonder.
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Again it would depends on who's measure of success that you are using. There is very few examples that come to mind were a project that I have managed has been an outright success and knocked it out of the park. Also if you do deliver a project that is a resounding success what incentive do you have for changing anything. You have to prove that that the project was a resounding success not because all the planets aligned at the right time but because of how you directly managed the Project Team and that you can repeat this success. Having a good project team mix with team members being able to move into different technical and non technical roles is one approach better manage resources that will lead to project success.
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In my case, project success has lead to casual and professional consultancy. Others will approach you for lessons learned, help, support and encouragement.

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