Here’s how to deal with four situations most likely to create sleepless nights and frazzled nerves for project leaders.

Take ample time to understand exactly what technologies or other tools are needed to help you to do your job better. Identify any time and cost savings or how it will improve the quality of any deliverables. If you don’t know this answer, it’s almost impossible to get management to approve it. Be prepared to outline how any expenditure is an investment in the future of an IT project. Companies seldom want to spend money on technologies or resources unless they can see a fairly quick recapture of costs or justify it through an ongoing need. This becomes particularly important for smaller companies with limited funds or larger organizations that have already invested large capital into existing technologies.

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