The Importance of Alignment in Project Management

Alignment of interests is a key trait of successful projects.  Alignment is required at several levels.  The objectives and actions of project teams must be aligned with those of the organization.  Similarly, project teams must be aligned with clients.  Proper alignment ensures that surprises are minimized and information flows in a transparent manner.   Proper alignment between project teams, their organizations and their clients is not easy to achieve.  It is a result of a consistent effort to promote open communication, timely reporting, and honest assessments.  This requires a high level of maturity and leadership  at the project level and at the senior management level.

Failure to achieve alignment can cause gaps in information, increased mistrust, erosion of relationships and set the stage for antagonism and defensive attitudes that undermine project success.

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