What’s the Single Most Important Thing In Project Management?

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  • #174973
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    Josh Nankivel
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    Sure, lots of things are important.

    But what’s that one thing?

    The single most important part of project management?

  • #175003
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    Jonathan
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    Management support of your project.

  • #175001

    Stopping if it makes no sense.

  • #174999
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    Josh Nankivel
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    Agreed!

  • #174997
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    Josh Nankivel
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    Very important Jonathan.

  • #174995
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    Peter Sperry
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    Focusing on results.

  • #174993

    Proactive Risk Management – this is much different than risk aversion, in fact, its exactly the opposite

  • #174991
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    Josh Nankivel
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    Can’t disagree with that Peter!

  • #174989
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    Jonathan
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    Building check points in the project plan that allows management to stop the project. Whenever I’ve stopped a project when it did not make sense, I got the blame for starting the project (which I rarely did).

  • #174987
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    Jo Youngblood
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    Communication. If you can’t communicate to management about your project, you’ll never achieve the buy-in you’re looking for. If you can’t communicate to your project team about expectations, they probably won’t achieve them and worse than that you are prone to experiencing more risks in your project that will cost you time, resources and quality. If you can’t communicate and listen to your sponsor then you’re probably not doing the right project.

    So for me the keystone is to start the dialogue and then keep it going.

  • #174985
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    Josh Nankivel
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    The single most important thing? Or do you mean the single thing that should be improved?

  • #174983
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    Josh Nankivel
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    Love it, I think this would be mine too. If a project manager could do only 1 thing, facilitating understanding between all project stakeholders and the team would be what I’d focus on.

  • #174981
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    Tim LaPier
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    Everything people have said is good but I also think having clear assignments and roles with timetables are key.

  • #174979
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    Jo Youngblood
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    Absolutely!!

  • #174977
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    Bill Brantley
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    The vision – why are you doing this project needs to be answered before you even start the project.

  • #174975
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    Josh Nankivel
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    Perfect Bill, I think you’re spot on. You’ve made me change my mind.

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