These slides, from a May 11, 2010 presentation to the Project Management Institute Central Massachusetts Chapter, explain what PMs can do to boost project success rates through use of networks.
From the session description:
Influencing without authority is one of the hardest skills to acquire. Yet there is a powerful tool that can help PMs understand how to influence effectively. Underneath organization charts and process maps are hidden informal networks: the webs of relationships that underlie all organization activity. People activate these webs in order to solve problems, gain expertise, and innovate. For years, we have known that these networks exist, but haven't had the tools to leverage them properly. Today, thanks to advances in mathematics and technology, we now have the ability to scientifically identify, map, and analyze networks.
In this lively, interactive session, PMs will learn how to identify, nurture, and leverage these informal networks in order to boost project success rates. We'll look at the science underlying informal networks and influencing with authority. We'll review recent findings that show the connections between human network management and project performance. PMs will leave with a greater understanding of the practical steps they can take to use networks to improve project performance.