Make it your business
This article features an interview with Pamela Robinson, founder and CEO of Atlanta-based Financial Voyages LLC. Ms. Robinson urges project managers to learn more about business, and says that it is easier to obtain financial buy-in from executives when they are presented with the business case rather talked to in the language of project management. Project managers need to understand what drives costs, how to link project performance and financial results, and how to turn financials into useful information. The best way to implement enterprise project management is by addressing the different levels of project management, and trying to meet the different sets of expectations of the different audiences. At the back end, project managers should incorporate a business implementation into their timeline, and gather feedback to find out what worked and what didn’t. When working internationally, it is important to have knowledge of the culture, and allow trusting relationships to grow gradually.