politics within an organization

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Explain how politics within an organization influences a project manager’s efforts to create and communicate accurate project estimates for time and cost to stakeholders. Also, can political issues be minimized on IT projects?  If so, how?

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School: UT Austin

Politics within an organization is and always have been a sort black hole to many companies . Most of the ideas never get supported due to bias or grudges . A project manager which itself is a tough task has to bear the additional burden of this . If people who have to work as a group are divided on certain issues it makes the work not only challenging to the project manager but also quality of his work may get affected . Sometimes there is pressure or bias on a certain issue and the project manager himself is not comfortable with a certain approach but in order to make the work progress he may have to sacrifice a part or whole of his approach . 

Sometimes wrong decisions taken due to bias or due to politics tend to cause significant loss to the stakeholders due to lower quarterly earnings or profits . Politics in IT is similar to those in other fields . Sometimes ideas are not chosen or someone else is favoured even though the idea is less appealing . Sometimes people are removed or demoted because of the friction between the groups . 

Politics in IT though present widely just like in any other field , it too can be reduced to certain extent -

Distribution of power within the system . A single person should not have all the keys of judgement . 

Before policies are made and decisions are taken open debates within the organization should take place with the scrutiny of the stakeholders . 

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