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What does it mean to you to be vulnerable?

What impact does a project manager have on demonstrating vulnerability to team members?
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Dear Luis,

The term “vulnerability” is used to explain inborn characteristics of a system. Project vulnerabilities create the potential for harm but are independent from the probability of occurrence of a risk event. Vulnerability indicates the degree to which a project is susceptible to adverse effects of change .It exists within systems independently of external hazards and depends on organization’s capability to manage risks, and can be internally created by organizational, social and economic factors.

Vulnerability Impact:

1. The vulnerability factors affect project success by interfering with the risk events in different ways. Some vulnerability parameters affect the probability of occurrence of risk, some of them affect manageability of risk and some vulnerability factors may influence the impact of risk events on project success.

2. Vulnerability should be assessed within the context of risk scenarios. Vulnerability assessment should be done simultaneously with risk assessment. Risks should be examined through paths (risk source- risk event- risk consequence paths) and vulnerabilities should be added to those paths for estimation of risk impacts on project success. A hierarchical vulnerability structure that excludes risk factors and a multi-criteria vulnerability assessment process that does not consider risk paths may give unreliable results if used for quantification of level of vulnerability in a project. Thus, an integrated risk-vulnerability assessment procedure has to be developed.

Thanks,
Rajon
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 09, 2020 1:48 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Rajon
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

It is very important to clarify the concepts
Thank you for clarifying your perspective.

I referred to the personal vulnerability expressed by the project manager
What is your opinion when analyzed from this point of view?
Vulnerability is a key characteristic of teams which are at a higher level of psychological safety.

It means things like:
- Asking for help in a timely manner
- Surfacing assumptions you are making early on
- Letting team members know when you are unsure about something
- Letting the team know when you've made a mistake, openly and without trying to put a "spin" on it or cover it up

A PM is responsible for modeling this behavior so that their team members will be encouraged to follow suit.

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 09, 2020 1:52 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

When I created this theme for reflection I was referring to your perspective

How do you think the Project Manager is viewed by team members?
What about the other project stakeholders?
And for the management?
I agree with Kiron.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 09, 2020 1:54 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Abolfazl
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Do you also understand vulnerability demonstrated by Project Manager?
Vulnerability has positive and negative influences on your project. On the plus side, it demonstrates commonality with the project team. On the negative side, the revealed weakness could be exploited by stakeholders.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 09, 2020 1:56 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Stéphane
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Do you also understand vulnerability demonstrated by Project Manager?

Given the pros and cons you mentioned, what do you recommend to be done by project managers?
Jan 09, 2020 7:16 AM
Replying to RAJON BANERJEE
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Dear Luis,

The term “vulnerability” is used to explain inborn characteristics of a system. Project vulnerabilities create the potential for harm but are independent from the probability of occurrence of a risk event. Vulnerability indicates the degree to which a project is susceptible to adverse effects of change .It exists within systems independently of external hazards and depends on organization’s capability to manage risks, and can be internally created by organizational, social and economic factors.

Vulnerability Impact:

1. The vulnerability factors affect project success by interfering with the risk events in different ways. Some vulnerability parameters affect the probability of occurrence of risk, some of them affect manageability of risk and some vulnerability factors may influence the impact of risk events on project success.

2. Vulnerability should be assessed within the context of risk scenarios. Vulnerability assessment should be done simultaneously with risk assessment. Risks should be examined through paths (risk source- risk event- risk consequence paths) and vulnerabilities should be added to those paths for estimation of risk impacts on project success. A hierarchical vulnerability structure that excludes risk factors and a multi-criteria vulnerability assessment process that does not consider risk paths may give unreliable results if used for quantification of level of vulnerability in a project. Thus, an integrated risk-vulnerability assessment procedure has to be developed.

Thanks,
Rajon
Dear Rajon
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

It is very important to clarify the concepts
Thank you for clarifying your perspective.

I referred to the personal vulnerability expressed by the project manager
What is your opinion when analyzed from this point of view?
Jan 09, 2020 8:44 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Vulnerability is a key characteristic of teams which are at a higher level of psychological safety.

It means things like:
- Asking for help in a timely manner
- Surfacing assumptions you are making early on
- Letting team members know when you are unsure about something
- Letting the team know when you've made a mistake, openly and without trying to put a "spin" on it or cover it up

A PM is responsible for modeling this behavior so that their team members will be encouraged to follow suit.

Kiron
Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

When I created this theme for reflection I was referring to your perspective

How do you think the Project Manager is viewed by team members?
What about the other project stakeholders?
And for the management?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Jan 09, 2020 4:16 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Luis -

For your three groups of stakeholders, I'd suggest that while some individuals might see vulnerability as weakness, most would see it as a strength and if a PM is willing to express authentic vulnerability, they will gain more respect.

Kiron
Jan 09, 2020 9:07 AM
Replying to Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani
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I agree with Kiron.
Dear Abolfazl
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Do you also understand vulnerability demonstrated by Project Manager?
Jan 09, 2020 10:12 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Vulnerability has positive and negative influences on your project. On the plus side, it demonstrates commonality with the project team. On the negative side, the revealed weakness could be exploited by stakeholders.
Dear Stéphane
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Do you also understand vulnerability demonstrated by Project Manager?

Given the pros and cons you mentioned, what do you recommend to be done by project managers?
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Jan 09, 2020 2:38 PM
Stéphane Parent
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Yes, I was speaking specifically about vulnerability demonstrated by project managers, Luis.

My own practice is to share innocuous, personal errors of mine with the people around me. These are usually innocent and generate goodwill. I also make it a funny story which is always a good way to connect with colleagues. (I once told a group that K.I.S.S. stood for Keep It Simple, Stéphane. They all chuckled.)
Jan 09, 2020 1:56 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Stéphane
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Do you also understand vulnerability demonstrated by Project Manager?

Given the pros and cons you mentioned, what do you recommend to be done by project managers?
Yes, I was speaking specifically about vulnerability demonstrated by project managers, Luis.

My own practice is to share innocuous, personal errors of mine with the people around me. These are usually innocent and generate goodwill. I also make it a funny story which is always a good way to connect with colleagues. (I once told a group that K.I.S.S. stood for Keep It Simple, Stéphane. They all chuckled.)
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 10, 2020 3:29 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Stéphane
Thanks for sharing your opinion
And the sense of humor :-)
Dear Luís,

The power of vulnerability.
I suggest you consult the study of an American named Brené Brown. She found in her studies that eliminating the characteristics that enhance vulnerability diminished her ability to build strong, close relationships. And by enhancing the opposite, people were able to establish strong and true connections (which also had strong feelings of belonging and self-worth), two characteristics were always present: vulnerability and courage, both closely correlated.

Vulnerability in this context means a willingness to expose oneself, to express oneself in an honest and honest manner, to do things without guarantee, to take risks. When people disarmed and risked taking off the armor that protected them, they were also open to experiences that brought purpose and meaning to their lives. For this group, the feeling of vulnerability was not comfortable, but not painful either. They simply believed that this feeling was necessary to strengthen their relationships.

The second characteristic was their courage. Not in a sense of bravery, but in telling your story, showing who you are with all your heart; the courage to be authentic in a compassionate way to yourself and to show your imperfections. To connect, you have to let the person you think you should be leaving to make room for who you really are. That is, if we cannot be authentic with compassion, we cannot truly connect with each other.

I imagine that a project manager could use this to inspire , promove trust, transparency, and conduct the project in a smooth way but this is just one of the perspectives there are others.

My two cents to the discussions

Alexandre Costa
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 10, 2020 3:33 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Deep analysis your

Thank you for sharing the information about Brené Brown's study.
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