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Posted By Susan Russel, Friday, June 28, 2013
Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013

Helping members connect to each other and HP resources was our goal at HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 11-13, 2013. If you didn’t make it to the conference, we hope you’ll consider the same opportunities to get linked now.

Link to Local Chapters and Special Interest Groups

Over 100 HP Software customers and partners volunteer their time to lead local chapters and worldwide virtual special interest groups (SIG). Leaders from around the world gathered at HP Discover to represent their groups and discuss the latest HP Software developments and game-changing technologies.

There are 74 local chapters in 26 countries and 13 virtual SIGs. Each chapter and SIG has its own personality and focus. Members of local chapters meet face to face to share best practices, tips, and tricks; members of SIGs meet online and can participate in group blogs and webinars. Locate your chapter and SIGs of choice and select the "Join group” icon which will appear at the top of the group page if you aren’t already linked.

Don’t see a local chapter near you or a particular SIG? Contact us to start and lead a new group.

Link to Award Winning Leaders

Karen Semonson, President, Board of Directors, presented the community awards for the Americas region at the HP Discover welcome reception in conjunction with the HP Impact Customer Awards. Get linked to these leaders who are at the forefront of community activity.

Scott Anderson
, Americas Leader of the Year
Iowa Chapter

Mary Kay Petersen
, Americas Champion of the Year
HP Service Management SIG, Oregon Chapter

Todd DeCapua
, Americas Speaker of the Year
Mobile, Agile, and DevOps SIGS;
Delaware & Philadelphia Chapters

I am also happy to report that Brian Pohl (left), Leader of the San Antonio Chapter and Mobile SIG, was presented with the HP Customer Impact award.

Link to HP Experts and Advisors

Vivit teamed up with HP Software’s IT Experts community and Cloud and Automation teams to connect members to HP resources, experts and advisors at HP Discover. This collaboration resulted in constructive two-way communication.


HP’s online IT Experts community is another place you can add your independent voice, exchange ideas, and access HP resources. Use the Vivit avatar to recognize your Vivit membership status.

We thank the IT Experts community and Cloud and Automation teams for their interaction and for supplying many of the great prize drawings for the new HP Slate, Beats, backpacks, and more in the Vivit booth! Here are a few of the lucky members who were linked and won.


Link to the Board of Directors and Staff

Nine outstanding members and thought leaders serve on the Board of Directors. They met face to face for two days prior to HP Discover to discuss the state of the user community and programs to serve members going forward. Many of the dedicated staff attended HP Discover as well. If you didn’t get a chance to meet them in person, feel free to contact them anytime.

We hope to see as many members as possible at future events. Mark your calendar for HP Discover in Barcelona, Spain, December 10-12, 2013. We are already working on our community program. It is our mission to help fellow members tap into the wealth of collective knowledge in Vivit, the trusted, unbiased, and field-tested HP Software user community. If you have any suggestions or requests, please contact us.

Tags:  chapters  IT Experts Community  leaders  SIG  Special Interest Groups 

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Chapter & SIG Liaison for EMEA & APJ

Posted By Christopher J. Schärer, Vice President & Nominations Chair, Board of Directors, Thursday, May 30, 2013

I’d like to welcome Annemare Stuiver, our new Chapter & SIG Liaison for the Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Japan regions. For those of you in these areas that may have had difficulties working around the different time-zones, I’m sure you will be happy to know that you have support that works better for your daily schedules now.

Annemarie Stuiver

Vivit Worldwide

Chapter & SIG Liaison, EMEA & APJ regions

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Board of Directors election results

Posted By Christopher J. Schärer: Director (Vice President & Nominations Chair), Iowa, Nebraska Chapters & Tes, Thursday, May 30, 2013


I’d like to take a moment to thank those of you who took the time to vote in our recent election. As you may or may not know, Vivit has a Board of Directors that consists of nine directors and a staff of four. Each year, Vivit has what is called staggered elections. What this means for Vivit is that each year, three board members are up for re-election. This year, we had one board member step down due to a decrease in the amount of volunteer time he had to provide to the board, so Vivit had a board position to fill for a one year term.

Vivit as a whole would like to let our members know that Vivit makes every attempt possible to be a non-intrusive organization and keep e-mails to a limit. The Vivit board members especially understand the importance of this because they as volunteers with full-time day jobs get e-mails regarding work, their personal lives, and their Vivit volunteer activities. With that said, I would like to say that the board has included an agenda item for the Vivit board of directors’ face-to-face meeting at the HP Discover conference to determine the best way to get the election process started sooner, finished sooner, and make it less intrusive on the organization members as a whole. I would like to personally thank you for your patience with the election process this year.

While writing this article/blog, I couldn’t help but notice something that I thought was a big step forward for Vivit. The Vivit board of directors and board candidates were comprised of representation from six different countries. Just two years ago the entire board consisted of volunteers from the United States alone. Last year the board welcomed Richard Bishop (United Kingdom) and Martijn Stuiver (Netherlands). This year again, there were new candidates from the Netherlands as well as Finland and Sweden. Vivit has also hired an additional Global Chapter Liaison in the EMEA region to assist with chapter efforts. This in itself proves that Vivit is definitely a global organization and is growing on a global scale.

With that said, I’d like to welcome the four new Vivit board members.

Vivit Elected Board Members

David Broerman

Chapter Leader (Florida)

Checkpoint Technologies

Director of Support

Christian Gerdes

Chapter Leader (Sweden)

Lights In Line AB

Managing Director Performance Engineering

Mark Herbert

Chapter Leader (Arizona)

Dignity Health

Technical Lead, Quality Center Tools Support, Training, Development and Administration

Tammy Young

American Safety Insurance

VP Application Development; App Development, Support and
Delivery, PMO, Testing, and Corporate Training

I’d like to thank the other board candidates who although they were not elected to the board this year, they volunteer their time as chapter leaders and are appreciated just the same. I’d also like to point out that their support as leaders in the Vivit community and eco-system is every bit as important to the organization and Vivit is lucky to have them as volunteers.

Additional Vivit Board Candidates

Mark Ford

Chapter Leader (Carolinas previously Iowa)


Process Management Analyst

Olli Laiho

SIG Leader (Testing, Quality, Application Lifecycle Management SIG)


Marketing Lead, Solutions Architect

Brian Pohl

Chapter Leader (Texas - San Antonio)


Technical Architect

I’d also like to take a moment to recognize the four departing board members and thank them for their contributions. Without volunteers like Vivit board members, Chapter/Special Interest Group (SIG) leaders and staff, Vivit would not be able to provide the value that it has for over 20 years now.

Vivit Departing Board Members

Colin Fries

Chapter Leader (St. Louis)

Trizetto Provider Solutions

Test Automation Specialist

Jason Kennedy

Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Senior Manager, Infrastructure Services

John Baier

The J.M. Smucker Company

Sr. Manager, Data Integration

Martijn Stuiver

Westbury USA


Tags:  2013  2013 Board of Directors Election  2013 Board of Directors Election Results  2013 Board of DirectorsElection  2013 Election  2013 Election Results  2013 Results  Board  Board of Directors  Directors  Election  Election Results 

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Get linked at HP Discover

Posted By Susan Russel, Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

When Vivit began planning for HP Discover, members agreed that one of the most important functions of Vivit is to link members to each other and to HP resources. From this input, we developed opportunities for members who are attending HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 11-13, to "get linked.” 


Start the conference early with Vivit Advanced Training. This is a great opportunity to get linked to practitioners who are in the field solving business problems with HP Software tools every day and to advance professionally.

In addition, HP ExpertOne is offering free training and certification exams. It’s a great way to save—for HP Partners that need to meet compliance requirements, and for individuals looking to extend their technical credentials.

Meet HP experts and trusted advisors

Talk with HP experts and advisors who can share road maps, tips, and insights with you in the Vivit booth at the times listed below. We encourage you to register for these meetings ahead of time.

Application Lifecycle Management

Wednesday, June 12
11:00 AM

Reserve your seat

Cloud and Automation

Wednesday, June 12
1:15 PM

Reserve your seat

Performance Testing, including Mobile Performance Testing

Thursday, June 13
11:00 AM

Reserve your seat

Vertica (Big Data)

Thursday, June 13
1:15 PM

Reserve your seat

Trusted Security Advisor, Rafał Łoś

Thursday, June 13
1:15 PM

Reserve your seat

Attend a customer-led session

While many Vivit members are presenting sessions, here are a few unique opportunities endorsed by Vivit that you might want to add to your session scheduler.

Customer-led Roundtable

Resolving the development and QA collaboration challenge

Come share your own dev and QA collaboration experiences, issues and challenges and hear your peers share theirs in this informative, free-form discussion. Mark Ford, Process Management Analyst – IT, TIAA-CREF, and Sampada Salunkhe, Quality Manager – IT, TIAA-CREF, are leading this roundtable. Mark is also the leader of the Vivit Carolinas chapter and will be the host of two Google Hangouts at HP Discover.

ID RT4196

Customer-led Roundtable

Testing Times

Richard Bishop, Vivit Director and Leader of the U.K. Chapter, is leading a roundtable discussion on industry trends such as cloud computing, agile software development methods, DevOps integration and the proliferation of mobile devices.

ID RT4213

Customer-led Session

Application management with HP Service Manager and UCMDB

Jeffery Chilton, Development Supervisor, UC-Davis Health System, is presenting a session on the use of HP Service Manager, HP Asset Manager, and the HP Universal Configuration Management Database (uCMDB) to manage a portfolio of nearly 500 unique applications. Its internally-developed application profile view combines data from all those apps—and other sources—to provide comprehensive insight into all the information available. Hear how the solution combines data from several HP products to deliver a complete overview of an application from a variety of perspectives, including acquisition, infrastructure, utilization, support, demand, and business continuity.

ID TB1200

IT4IT Customer Consortium panel discussion

New Customer Consortium tackles End-to-End IT Value Chain

Recently, a group of global enterprise customers formed a consortium around the common challenge of implementing IT management as an end-to-end value chain. This international consortium consists of Munich RE, PwC, Royal Dutch Shell, University of South Florida, Accenture, Achmea, HP and ING Bank. Join them to discuss the importance of the end-to-end IT value chain with chief IT4IT architects involved in the consortium and hear their novel approach toward managing the business of IT. The topic scope covers the whole life cycle of IT from plan through deliver to operate, including the end-to-end value chain. It will also dive into a reference architecture approach. Find out how this can apply to you and how to get involved. The panelists include Chris Davis, PhD, University of South Florida, Philippe Geneste, Accenture, Sue Desiderio, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Brian Hodgdon, HP IT, and George Bock, HP Software

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Join a Google Hangout#

Join Mark Ford at a Google Hangout from HP Discover or from home to get a glimpse of what is happening at the event.


>>Vivit Awards Hangout: Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 - 7:00pm PDT

To watch the hangout live go to: during the hangout or later on to watch the recording.

>>Vivit Booth Hangout: Wednesday, June 12, 10:15 - 10:45am PDT

To participate interactively in the hangout go to: and add Vivit Carolinas to one of your circles. Then watch for an invitation to attend the hangout when we go live and join when you receive it. You'll be linked live via audio/video and can ask questions, etc.

To just watch the hangout live go to: during the hangout or later on to watch the recording.

Stop by the Vivit booth, get linked and win!

Get linked to other members, special interest groups, local chapters, and the elected board of directors. Vivit is proud to have the best and brightest as members and volunteers. Bring your colleagues by to get linked and get an entry into the prize drawings for every person you link into Vivit, including yourself. You can even challenge the HP Cloud and Automation staff and enter to win the new HP Slate 7! We'll have all the details at the booth. 

If you haven't registered for HP Discover, it's not too late. Use code Vivit and receive a $300 discount off the conference price. In addition, five individuals who enter code Vivit when registering will be entered into a drawing to win a free pass to HP Discover 2014. This offer can’t be combined with other codes or discounts and is valid only for new registrations.

We hope to see you there!

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2013 Vivit award nominees (Americas region)

Posted By Martijn Stuiver, Chapter & SIG Chair, Vivit Board of Directors, Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013

There are many career-building and growth opportunities within Vivit. The nominated Vivit Leaders below are real live evidence of those who were appreciated by peers for their time, energy, and commitment to make relationships and community events succeed—a proof of growth.

But what does it mean to grow one's career? It often sounds empty, cumbersome, and time consuming. Well we all know that the success of a team or organization always succeeds the growth of people. At least I hope so. 

And yes this is a journey of learning. And how do you learn? It does make me think of high school learning programs on dull topics I was not always interested in. Well the learning styles of Kolb show us: experience it, reflect on it, think about and act on it. Or pick your own personal learning style at Bottom line: start experimenting.

These nominees started to invest in this process some time ago. Asking and discussing feedback on hosting their sessions, organizational skills, or presentations. So what I really want to thank this year’s nominees for is showing us what it's all about: growing and learning professionally by experiencing it!

I think this is a great example for us. But keep in mind, "what needs to be instantly perfect, does not get the opportunity to grow.” And that’s just what they pragmatically did.

Also interested in organizing your growth? Please refer to some suggestions:

Laura Walker
Vivit Director, Chapter/SIG Leader
Leader of the Year

Todd Decapua
Chapter/SIG Leader
Leader, Champion, and
Speaker of the Year

David Broerman
Florida Chapter Leader
Leader and Champion
of the Year

Chuck Masters
Mid Atlantic Chapter Leader
Leader of the Year

Bernard Szymczak
Ohio Chapter and
TQA SIG Leader
Leader of the Year

Rocky Pisto
Chapter Leader
Leader, Champion, and
Speaker of the Year

Mary Kay Petersen
HP SM SIG and Oregon
Chapter Leader
Leader and Champion
of the Year

Scott Anderson
Iowa Chapter Leader
Leader and Speaker
of the Year

Steven Kiss
Chapter Leader
Champion of the Year

Wendy Wheeler
Network Management SIG Champion
Champion of the Year

Chuck Fugee
Chapter Leader
Champion of the Year

Bob Crews
Florida Chapter Leader
Champion of the Year

Mark Herbert
Chapter Leader
Speaker of the Year

Donna McJunkin
IT Project Manager
Speaker of the Year

Swamy Mandavilli
Functional Architect
Speaker of the Year

Laura Walker, Todd DeCapua, and Rocky Pisto have won the awards they were nominated for again this year, so they are not eligible to receive the award a second time. However, we want to thank and recognize them for their contributions.

Tags:  awards  career  chapter  leaders  nominees  SIG 

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Welcome New Leaders - June 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Get Connected

We welcome the following leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on the Chapter or SIG name under each new leader and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of a group if you aren’t already a member. Connect to the leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.

Behsad Shiki

Teito Sweden AB
Sweden Chapter Leader


Wade Morris
Dallas Chapter Leader

"I would like to grow the chapter in both people count and in relationships.   I plan on providing local leadership to the chapter to help build a community that can help each other out and build a network of support resources."

Todd DeCapua

Agile Special Interest Group Leader
Philadelphia Chapter Leader

Arnon Borensztajn
HP Service Management SIG Leader

"Information sharing is key to furthering process improvement, innovation and creativity. As leader of the HP Service Management SIG, I intend to promote information sharing among all SIG members. SIG members will be encouraged to bring to the round table an array of topics that trigger curiosity and strengthen our desire to innovate and improve within the field of IT service management."

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Advanced Training to Kick-Start Your Career

Posted By Susan Russel, Sunday, April 28, 2013
Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Is it time to kick-start your IT Career?

Did you know that companies are looking to fill FTE's in the IT organization, but the skill set is nowhere to be found?

I can't tell you how many times I hear:

  • "We can't find the skill set required to support solutions we need."
  • "We have open Req's for IT Staff and can't fill them."

This is a common theme in corporate IT organizations, and Vivit wants to help you kick-start your IT career.

The Vivit user community is made up of the best and brightest. The talented individuals within our user community have years of experience with HP Solutions around the world. We can help you make a difference!

I have years of experience running Vivit local chapter events in Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois in the HP Operations suite of products (NNMi, OM, Omi BSM, SM). I often tell users "don't get too comfortable with the current technology” and "you have to grow in order to support your organization.” Sometimes I recommend they dive deeper into available products, effectively using these tools to help solve IT issues and concerns.

Through the years, we often hear that "our companies don't send us to training." Why? "It costs too much money,” "time away from the office means we return to put out fire after fire,” and "we can't seem to solve the problem right the first time"

Vivit (the official user group for HP Software Solutions) and its partners are working together to provide ways to help educate our user community. View the different training opportunities on Vivit's website.

One of the education offerings is Vivit Advanced Training, 10 different 4-hour, deep-dive training classes offered at in-person events like HP Discover on June 11, 2013. On HP Software conference surveys, you requested more deep-dive sessions. You spoke, and your Vivit user community has answered!

Vivit Advanced Training is a great solution to more in-depth sessions at HP Discover. This program has been successful in helping IT Managers and Administrators ask value-building questions, the kind of questions that result from a consulting engagement with a team of experts. There is no other venue at HP Discover that will give you four hours to focus on a particular HP Software Solution, to discuss detailed functionality, integration, and end user experience in technologies that will impact your career and company requirements.

Key features of the deep-dive classes include:

  • Four hour focus on solutions that affect your career
  • Learn from practitioners in the field at a low cost of $99/session
  • Network with peers and get answers from real-world experiences
  • Walk away with technical information and consulting level deliverables

Seating is limited to 35 attendees per session, so please register today. We look forward to meeting with you at HP Discover's Vivit Advanced Training Sessions.

Learn more about each of the 10 Advanced Training Sessions at HP Discover, June 11, 2013. 

Tags:  ALM  BPT  BSM  Data Protection  Mobile  Performance Testing  Test Automation  Training  uCMDB  UFT 

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Spotlight on a Volunteer

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, April 26, 2013
Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mostafa Moussavi
Test Specialist
Sweden Chapter Leader

Mostafa is the Chairman of the Vivit Sweden Chapter, HUGS, for a second year.

He has 23 years of experience in IT. Mostafa is a testing specialist with 8 years of experience with Performance Testing, Performance Test methodology and Test Automation.  Mostafa wants to be a bridge between the end users of HP Software tools and the supplier, HP.  He believes that the end user working with the HP Software tools should be able to influence the development and improvement of the tools. It serves both HP and the end user.  HP becomes aware of what users want, and the end users will get a tool that is designed for them.

Mostafa lives in a terraced house in Stockholm together with his wife, his two daughters and two rabbits. He loves to barbecue with his specially commissioned stainless steel grill that stands in the yard year round. In the winter, he will even shovel snow in order to reach the grill.

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HP Software EMEA Customer Forums

Posted By Richard Bishop, Thursday, April 11, 2013

The IT environment that we're working in is radically different from that of 10 or 20 years ago. "Game-changing” trends such as cloud or hybrid-cloud computing, agile software development methods, DevOps integrations and the proliferation of mobile devices are making fundamental changes to the way that we live and work.

HP has arranged two customer forums in Brussels that will help you to get to grips with these new trends and give you the opportunity to share your own experiences with your peers from leading EMEA companies and HP product managers. These events are free for HP Customers and Channel Partners.

16th – 17th April 2013 
HP Software Customer Forum EMEA – Service and Portfolio Management
Over two days this event will cover the key aspects of service and portfolio management including asset, configuration and demand management as well as PPM and HP Service Anywhere. Customer speakers include Barclays, SAP, SPAR, Continental, Turkcell and others.

18th – 19th April 2013

HP Software Customer Forum EMEA – Application Lifecycle Management
The ALM forum includes hot topics from the world of testing such as TMMi, network virtualisation, agile development and testing and security. Speakers come from companies including Steria, Atos and Iovio and there will be breakout sessions covering test automation, performance testing, agile ALM and mobile application delivery.

25th April 2013
HP ALM 360°
As well as the customer forums, HP's ALM roadshow is in Brussels on 25th April. I attended the UK ALM roadshow in Leeds and found it extremely informative. As well as providing roadmap information and customer "best-practice sessions”, it was a great opportunity to share experiences with other HP software users.

At the Brussels event you'll hear how to accelerate application delvery with ALM as well as security and QA case studies. The afternoon session will consist of three separate tracks, allowing you to choose sessions that suit your own needs or interests. Sessions include QA and mobile application testing, application security, functional testing, DevOps and continuous delivery.

Vivit leaders will be at these events too, so as well as the opportunity to mix with other attendees, make sure that you get in touch with them as well. Why not take the opportunity to have a small get-together with other Vivit members and make the most of your trip to Brussels.

Tags:  Application Lifecycle Managerement  EMEA  HP Enterprise  HP Performance  Richard Bishop  Testing 

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Enhancing Stakeholder Management Experience

Posted By Suresh GP, Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013

Suresh GP
Business Consultant

As you are well aware, every project stakeholder (project sponsor, project leader, team member, employee, project manager and shareholder) is different and has a vested interest in the outcome of the projects. Are we doing things correctly to address these expectations or will we continue to have gaps?

The following eight aspects will help you create a good stakeholder management experience that results in successful project outcomes.

1. Setting the context, objective and expectations—priority number one.
Project kick-off meetings are exciting and everyone leaves energized—but that energy often wanes. While we religiously follow the kick-off meeting for the project assigned, it takes more than simply a meeting for the context, objectives and expectation to sink in. It is worthwhile to have the context, objectives and expectations as your basis for all the discussions of project meeting. As we reinforce them, they become a part of employee internalization and then act as a magnetic compass to shape desirable behavior.

When considering your project stakeholders and your expectations for them, remember every stakeholder is different. Some are looking for a learning experience, some for a challenging task and some are hoping for better networking opportunities. Encourage your stakeholders by listing the benefits of the project to gain the necessary commitment and interest among stakeholders (employees and others).

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2. Understand the background, experience and attitude of stakeholders

This is a key aspect for every PM to understand the stakeholders better. This is by no means an easy task. There is a huge amount of homework and data to be collected; but in the end it is worth the effort. In the end you can deal better with the respective stakeholders because you have background information and can frame appropriate responses.

3. Everybody wants to be a part of the winning team

Stakeholders play diversified roles like sponsor, project leader, team member depending on the project. But one truth remains; they have an earnest desire to be part of a winning project. So as a PM, it is your responsibility to create the mental picture of how important this project is for the organization and your customers. Assure the stakeholders that they have been hand-picked based on their expertise and experience, and there is no doubt that this creates a winning combination. This makes those involved feel empowered and creates a sense of true belonging to the outcome of the project.

4. The power and influence matrix is only the beginning

We have been conditioned to start the stakeholder management exercise by developing a power vs. influence matrix to determine the necessary people to be satisfied for project outcomes. While this is a good start, it does not address the fundamental aspect of emotional disturbance. Discounting people because they neither have power nor influence only makes the situation worse. Remember, even when the numbers add up – a silent revolt or non-cooperation can break a smoothly running project.

5. Communication is key

As you know, 90 percent of projects fail miserably due to ineffective communication among the project team and stakeholders.
I have seen more vocal shareholders while some prefer not to disclose anything during a meeting. With this in mind, the communication strategy should have different channels and methods to understand, what each stakeholder means at a deeper level. More often, this deeper understanding comes through informal coffee talks and personal rapport. While co-location is a boon, most of the time we need to deal virtually with others and so adopt one-on-one calls to personalize the connection. The tone of the communication has to be just right to convey the message without being dictatorial.

6. Recognize stakeholder suggestions

Acknowledging stakeholders for valuable insights and recommendations is important to successful project outcomes: It sets the tone for people to share and contribute to the success of the project It brings in the concept of collective ownership as a team to make it a success.
In my experience, the biggest insights and recommendations have helped me do Risk Management effectively and be better prepared to steer projects successfully.

7. Be open and solicit help

Projects irrespective of deal size and magnitude can be demanding. All projects might need a lot of support and cooperation from stakeholders to turn the course into the right direction. The best way to approach this is to be open to all stakeholders and say, "We have a problem and I need all your support and suggestions to overcome.” When you give people the freedom to voice for a cause, they participate actively and are willing to take on additional responsibilities.

8. Trust and commitment makes it happen!

Experience shows that the most complex projects have been successful because of the commitment of stakeholders and their trust in the project leadership. This is a sign of transcending the boundaries and making things happen against all odds. For this to happen, the whole project environment must facilitate open and honest communication without a "blame-game”. If something is not working, it is recommended to condemn the act—not the person—and help them overcome the obstacles. When the PM starts fostering an environment of collective team work and complements, it helps build trust and commitment for winning big!

I would love to hear about your experience with project management and stakeholder involvement. Feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.

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