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How can a project manager survive in this VUCA world?
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Project Manger should always try to be on schedule, within the budget without any scope creep. How can a project manager survive in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world? What are the special skills he/she needs to have?
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A skill that have always proved to be successful, assertiveness! Require scope, budgets and timelines and do your best to hold your teams to them.
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1 reply by Pench Batta
Mar 01, 2019 5:45 PM
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Thanks a lot, Mike!
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VUCA has always been there. It has manifested in different ways and in different proportions, but has always been part of the PM process. Careful analysis of the environment to determine where VUCA manifests is part of the job -- it is that analysis that will always allow you to thrive as a PM, irrespective of circumstances. It is important to remember that trying " to be on schedule, within the budget without any scope creep" is not a recipe for rigidity of planning or process, but a goal to seek through active and recurrent management.
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1 reply by Pench Batta
Mar 01, 2019 5:48 PM
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Joseph, excellent observation! VUCA has been creating more impact on project manager's role.
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great question! may I offer these?

1. High energy level
2. Attention to detail

Oh yes.....well said Michael....assertiveness !!
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1 reply by Pench Batta
Mar 01, 2019 5:49 PM
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Thanks a lot, Al!
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The only way, in the extremes, to survive in VUCA environments is to have a project manager. The problem is some project managers do not understand that people pay for prevention, not for cure. The first problem is the definition of project manager you find inside organizations is not the right one. But when organizations hire project managers, from 1956 up to date, is just to work in prevention mode what is actualy named VUCA.
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1 reply by Pench Batta
Mar 01, 2019 5:50 PM
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Sergio, I think in the VUCA world, project managers should concentrate more on soft skills.
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Pick the right delivery approach for the specific context of the project and set baselines based on a reasonable planning horizon only.

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Mar 01, 2019 11:24 AM
Replying to Michael Southworth
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A skill that have always proved to be successful, assertiveness! Require scope, budgets and timelines and do your best to hold your teams to them.
Thanks a lot, Mike!
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Mar 01, 2019 12:30 PM
Replying to Joseph Gherlone
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VUCA has always been there. It has manifested in different ways and in different proportions, but has always been part of the PM process. Careful analysis of the environment to determine where VUCA manifests is part of the job -- it is that analysis that will always allow you to thrive as a PM, irrespective of circumstances. It is important to remember that trying " to be on schedule, within the budget without any scope creep" is not a recipe for rigidity of planning or process, but a goal to seek through active and recurrent management.
Joseph, excellent observation! VUCA has been creating more impact on project manager's role.
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Mar 01, 2019 1:01 PM
Replying to Al Taylor
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great question! may I offer these?

1. High energy level
2. Attention to detail

Oh yes.....well said Michael....assertiveness !!
Thanks a lot, Al!
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Mar 01, 2019 1:19 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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The only way, in the extremes, to survive in VUCA environments is to have a project manager. The problem is some project managers do not understand that people pay for prevention, not for cure. The first problem is the definition of project manager you find inside organizations is not the right one. But when organizations hire project managers, from 1956 up to date, is just to work in prevention mode what is actualy named VUCA.
Sergio, I think in the VUCA world, project managers should concentrate more on soft skills.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Mar 01, 2019 5:55 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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I do not agree. No more than in the past. Project manager is 80% art and 20% science where art is about what some people call "soft skills" which are the hardest skills in my personal opinion.
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Mar 01, 2019 5:50 PM
Replying to Pench Batta
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Sergio, I think in the VUCA world, project managers should concentrate more on soft skills.
I do not agree. No more than in the past. Project manager is 80% art and 20% science where art is about what some people call "soft skills" which are the hardest skills in my personal opinion.

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