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What is the hardest part in project management process?
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We all know that managing project has never been so easy as so many people believe.Due to various and miscellaneous uncertainties which may arise from any knowledge area and make a process tricky and unachievable.
What are the biggest obstacles and stumbling blocks?
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Each project is unique. So complexity differs from project to project, depends on the skill level of the project manager and also maturity of the organisation, the support it gets from the senior management.

However, at a thousand feet level, if at alI I have to classify a knowledge area over the other, then Risk management would be tricky.. Especially considering how you are gonig to quantify the risks, having equal focus on both opportunity as well as threat and it is an underlying principle for the whole project.
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Complexity of organizational structures and cultures that prevent effective stakeholder engagement, and project implementation and monitoring.
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1 reply by Cheikh FAYE
Sep 11, 2019 7:13 AM
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Hi Pang DX, absolutely true, organizational structures and cultures are among the main road block in project implementation and monitoring which depend on team and other resources. But at the higher level, I believe that a stakeholder is someone who can distinguish upfront all the complexities of organizational structures.
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Projects are about people. People are not easy. Often, the biggest stumbling block is ourselves. We have to learn to work with and through people. Easier said than done.
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1 reply by Cheikh FAYE
Sep 11, 2019 6:59 AM
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Great point Stephane, I fully agree. People of course are the main issue, they're often arrogant, sometimes capricious and always unpredictable. All these bad characters influence negatively the well processing in project management.
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I've found that communication tends to cause the most issues. An awkwardly written email can generate numerous back-and-forth messages before understanding is achieved. Speaking to the wrong stakeholders can cause delays in getting answers to critical questions. Not putting updates out in a timely manner can affect circumstances that require immediate action. There are a myriad of things that can go wrong if communication isn't planned for and managed properly.
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The biggest issue is to select the knowledge areas that will be part of the project before the project exists and aligned to the current organizational situation (the current enteprise architecture).
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Sep 12, 2019 9:59 AM
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Hi Sergio, thanks for sharing. Selecting the best knowledge area is certainly crucial long before the project even begins but aligning to the current enterprise architecture will also make the project easier to implement and monitor.
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Sep 09, 2019 2:40 PM
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Projects are about people. People are not easy. Often, the biggest stumbling block is ourselves. We have to learn to work with and through people. Easier said than done.
Great point Stephane, I fully agree. People of course are the main issue, they're often arrogant, sometimes capricious and always unpredictable. All these bad characters influence negatively the well processing in project management.
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Sep 12, 2019 2:42 PM
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Don't underestimate the "good" people, Cheikh. They still need care and nurturing. In fact, the toughest lesson I learned is that I should be spending more time with my top performers than with my bottom performers.
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Sep 09, 2019 2:36 PM
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Complexity of organizational structures and cultures that prevent effective stakeholder engagement, and project implementation and monitoring.
Hi Pang DX, absolutely true, organizational structures and cultures are among the main road block in project implementation and monitoring which depend on team and other resources. But at the higher level, I believe that a stakeholder is someone who can distinguish upfront all the complexities of organizational structures.
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Sep 10, 2019 5:14 AM
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The biggest issue is to select the knowledge areas that will be part of the project before the project exists and aligned to the current organizational situation (the current enteprise architecture).
Hi Sergio, thanks for sharing. Selecting the best knowledge area is certainly crucial long before the project even begins but aligning to the current enterprise architecture will also make the project easier to implement and monitor.
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I agree every project is unique and presents its own sets of challenges. Over-all, I would suggest that communication can solve most types of challenges. For instance when we think there is a scheduling crisis, if we talk with the customer directly, we sometimes find that the customer is fine with a schedule change and that it was internal stakeholders that were panicking and driving an impossible schedule afraid to talk with the client.
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1 reply by Cheikh FAYE
Sep 13, 2019 6:39 AM
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Hi Kimberly, I fully agree with you. Communication is crucial but at the same time, we have to recognize that stakeholders often are the problem. But we need them to achieve project. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Sep 11, 2019 6:59 AM
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Great point Stephane, I fully agree. People of course are the main issue, they're often arrogant, sometimes capricious and always unpredictable. All these bad characters influence negatively the well processing in project management.
Don't underestimate the "good" people, Cheikh. They still need care and nurturing. In fact, the toughest lesson I learned is that I should be spending more time with my top performers than with my bottom performers.
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