Shaping Better Project Results
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While the stories, examples and illustrations explored in the previous chapters each have their own fascinations, either as exemplary role model or cautionary tale, by this point the reader will inevitably be asking the question, ‘So how do I apply this?’ Answering this question is a multi-part proposition. As I have demonstrated so far, effective project initiation is a product of the intersection between the culture of the organization and the role of the individual. For individuals to act effectively, they need to understand their environment, and have an appreciation of the political and process dynamics that are at play. They also require a level of personal mastery in how they present and manage information within their organizations in support of getting projects initiated. Most importantly, they need to make relevant judgements about how to appropriately support decisions and take action in order to get projects initiated effectively. In the next three chapters, we will explore the practical implications of what has been discussed thus far. This chapter focuses on how those who find themselves in the project shaper role – by accident or design – can best support the project initiation process. It explores how to develop and reinforce agency as a mechanism for supporting or compensating for organizational inadequacies, what to look for in evaluating the organization and devising the most relevant strategy to move forward, and guidelines for embracing the project shaper role.