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Cultural differences significantly influence the direction and management of projects.
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Using a social network I found an article/video where the presenter was explaining how the cultural differences influence in the direction and management of the projects.

The presenter was comparing two regions, both produce the same deliverables with successful execution, but he explained that there is a huge difference in the cost.

What do you think about that? Does the cultural differences influence? Will this kind of presentations influence in the recruits and discriminate some regions?
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Cost has nothing to be with cultural differences. That is the big mistake (while I did not see the presentation). Indeed cultural differences are an item to be into account each time you start an initiative. I am working in my last 25 years inside multi-country, multi-cultural, highly distributed virtual teams around the globe, hugh ammount of people in the team, all cardinal points. Most of them (perhaps more than 80%) I never meet face-to-face. Each time you are assigned to an initiative you have to make from the very begining a critical activity: elicitation. I follow the CMU SEI method to prepare for elicitation and you can see that tools like PESTLE analysis, Porter Five Forces analysis, Tom Peter Seven S model can be used to understand alll related to your new initiative before start. Culture is key to understand. BUt nothing to be with cost.
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1 reply by Mayte Mata-Sivera
Oct 08, 2016 1:05 AM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Sergio, thank you for your comments, I decided not to include the link because it from my point of view has no sense, also there were very rude words. Example Group A don't take care in all project life cycle, only when there are issues, meanwhile expend time wasting time at coffee machine, instead Group B always work in constant pace during all project.

From my point of view, this kind of presentations discriminate some regions or countries and can influence in the hiring manager decisions.

Anyway, open discussion in order to check if some member of the community have ever heard this kind of comments.
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Oct 07, 2016 2:29 PM
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Cost has nothing to be with cultural differences. That is the big mistake (while I did not see the presentation). Indeed cultural differences are an item to be into account each time you start an initiative. I am working in my last 25 years inside multi-country, multi-cultural, highly distributed virtual teams around the globe, hugh ammount of people in the team, all cardinal points. Most of them (perhaps more than 80%) I never meet face-to-face. Each time you are assigned to an initiative you have to make from the very begining a critical activity: elicitation. I follow the CMU SEI method to prepare for elicitation and you can see that tools like PESTLE analysis, Porter Five Forces analysis, Tom Peter Seven S model can be used to understand alll related to your new initiative before start. Culture is key to understand. BUt nothing to be with cost.
Sergio, thank you for your comments, I decided not to include the link because it from my point of view has no sense, also there were very rude words. Example Group A don't take care in all project life cycle, only when there are issues, meanwhile expend time wasting time at coffee machine, instead Group B always work in constant pace during all project.

From my point of view, this kind of presentations discriminate some regions or countries and can influence in the hiring manager decisions.

Anyway, open discussion in order to check if some member of the community have ever heard this kind of comments.
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Cultural differences should be overruled, and not encouraged at any cost. It's not good both for the project and the team.
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As a philosopher said: behind the truth is always the truth. Unfortunatelly I have heard some presentations like the presentation you described performed for some people that I see today are referenced for others as a model of "guru" or "point of reference" about leadership and things like that. Lot of those people made that because a business intention behind, because a way of thinking or because they are ignorants. The only thing we can do, in my opinion, is being light years away from them and organizations where they are working now. On the other side, some management practices used in the past are still there.
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Though direction, management & cost of project depends on many factors independent of culture. But assuming all factors are same and only two teams of different culture is doing same task. I feel there will be difference but in most of the cases will not be significant. Only few cultures across world may restrict development of skill and knowledge in people there you will find difference but in 95% cases difference will be minor.

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