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The Accidental Project Manager – The Getting of Wisdom

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world ; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), "Man and Superman"

Keywords: Stakeholder Circle, Stakeholder Management, Accidental Project Manager, Influence, Project Success.

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The Accidental Project Manager – The Getting of Wisdom [P036]

The accidental project manager has lived in the folklore of business projects for a generation. This paper will briefly explore the phenomenon of accidental project managers and ways to help them and their novice colleagues to increase their chances of project success. A detailed description of the project management skills needed for success forms the major part of this paper. A methodology and visualisation tool, the Stakeholder Circle™ is briefly described as one powerful tool to support PMs at all levels of skills and experience. The final section is a discussion on how organisations and the PM profession can support accidental project managers and other novice project managers deliver their project successfully and through that support encourage them to make project management their career.

See also: The future of the PM Hero

Author: Dr. Lynda Bourne

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