Project Management For Dummies, 6th Edition
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When people accept a responsibility, they give you the right to hold them accountable for their performance. Even if you technically have no direct authority over a person on your project team, act as if you have the authority, unless you're specifically told otherwise.

Here are some effective ways to hold the people on your project team accountable:
  • Involve the people who have authority over your team members.

  • Be specific regarding desired results, time frames, and resource budgets.

  • Get your team members' commitment.

  • Put all commitments in writing.

  • Agree on a plan for monitoring your team members' progress and follow it.

  • Tell others on your project about the commitments made.

  • Create a sense of urgency and importance about the project.

  • Express appreciation for the effort put in and the results achieved.

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Stanley E. Portny, PMP, is an internationally recognized expert in project management and project leadership. During the past 30 years, he has provided training and consultation to more than 150 public and private organizations. He is a Project Management Institute–certified project management professional. Jonathan Portny is the son of Stan Portny and a certified project management professional with strong technical and management background. He has extensive experience leading interdisciplinary and cross-geographical technical projects, programs, and personnel.

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