Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects - Brian Irwin
Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects

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©2008, 6" x 9" softcover, 210 pages
ISBN 978-1-56726-221-6
Product Code B216
By Brian Irwin, PMP

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Discover Best Practices for Managing Politics and Conflict in the Project Environment!

Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects is an easy-to-read, no-nonsense guide that walks you through the “soft” issues of project management, including communicating, negotiating, and influencing skills that are vital to your project success. Understand your organization’s political climate and culture and ascend the corporate ladder to the next level as a project manager. Learn how to deal with political issues requiring complex organizational and interpersonal skills, using valuable review points, tips, and a fictional narrative illustrating the book’s main points.

  • Improve and develop your leadership, interpersonal, and communications skills
  • Negotiate your political environment
  • Acknowledge and overcome challenges inherent in project management
  • Enhance your career by effectively utilizing politics and conflict
  • Recognize and interpret the barriers of communication
  • Be prepared to enter into a negotiation
  • Overcome cultural challenges

Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects is a resource that will guide you through the inevitable challenges of any project management environment. Leverage politics to your advantage through a deeper understanding of organizational culture and dynamics.


Understanding the Project Environment • Politics—Project Management Fact-of-Life • Conflict : Don’t Fear the Inevitable • Project Stakeholders • Communication • Negotiation • Multidirectional Relationship Management • Devising a Political Strategy • The Leadership Element • Implications

About the Author

Brian Irwin, MSM, PMP, has more than 15 years of project experience in diverse industries including personal computers, engineering, information technology, aerospace, and defense. He is currently the president of PM Team Dynamics, a project management consulting firm specializing in project audits, troubled project assessment and recovery, and project startup facilitation. Mr. Irwin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Project Management from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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