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Managing projects successfully involves much more than applying the right tools and processes. To perform effectively, project managers must possess--on a tacit level--the knowledge needed to navigate organizational politics and lead project teams, knowledge that is only acquired through direct field experience, knowledge that is best cultivated through relationships with accomplished mentors. This article discusses how experienced project managers can help novice project managers develop the skills and the knowledge needed to perform well when managing all types of projects. In doing so, it describes why project managers need experienced project management mentors and overviews how the New York (USA) State Government mentors its project managers. It also explains how project managers in organizations lacking mentorship programs can create their own mentorship opportunities. Accompanying this article are two sidebars: The first identifies the benefits of mentoring less experienced projects managers; the secon
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