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Are professional & project relationships less important as technology evolves more and more?
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Nowadays technology affects every single field and sector. It seems to be everywhere. So I would like to ask you if project & professional relationships are and will be less and less important?

I`m researching the importance of relationships in project management.

Thank you so much and have a lovely day
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Relationships are still just as important as ever, simply the conduit may be different.
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1 reply by David Romero Cordente
Jul 24, 2017 3:08 AM
David Romero Cordente
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Andrew,
I totally agree. It’s as important as ever. Just the environment has changed but we wouldn’t have to lost the people focus.
Thank you so much.
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Project management is 80% of art and 20% of science (where science means methods, techniques, process). On the other side, projects are started to put strategy on action. Strategy is the way an organization answer the external stimulus. Strategy determines the organizational architecture. And architecture is defined as organizational components and relationship (take a look to Tom Peter´s Seven S model). All these stuff because the Theory of Systems appllied to organizations.
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2 replies by David Romero Cordente and Sergio Luis Conte
Jul 24, 2017 3:07 AM
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Sergio,
I didn´t know the Seven´s S model. Thank you. So interesting.
It sounds you agree with what Drucker Said 'Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast'
Jul 24, 2017 7:41 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Yes, fully agree with that.
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I agree with Andrew and Sergio. I'll also add that good professional and project relationships are even more important due to the advent of technology, which some people use as a substitute for establishing meaningful relationships (look at how many people establish networks just by clicking a button, yet never exchange a word with the members of their network).
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1 reply by David Romero Cordente
Jul 24, 2017 3:06 AM
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Thank you Eric.
Every single week, I have different opportunities to contact with people from all over the World thanks to how easy is to communicate. Technology is crucial in that sense. However technology has erected an authentic wall that will take time to tear down or better to adapt our behaviour and get the most of it. Technology doesn’t have to be the end but just a great tool.
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David, I think you are getting some good feedback here. To add my two cents, the relationships will make or break most projects, especially in matrix style organizations. If you are relying on technology to run the project without getting to know the participants and build the relationships so that they trust you, then your project will always be placed behind the ones run by people they know and like.

In fact, I very often try to take team members out to lunch, just to learn more about them. Birthdays, anniversaries, upcoming vacations, projects, kid's sports activities, these are all gold to build lasting relationships and show that you care about your team and the things that are important to them as well.

Some may argue that it is manipulative, but I think it's good leadership. Show that you care, maintain strong relationships and people will be more willing to work with you and help the team reach the identified goals.
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1 reply by David Romero Cordente
Jul 24, 2017 3:04 AM
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Absolutely Matthew. You are 100% people oriented manager. That's the key to every project success. Taking care of people is not manipulative just as we take care of our kids, family, neighbourhood, country, … If so, I would ask, why we do what we do? The answer is we do what we do for ourselves first and secondly for people. So if taking care of people could make some people feel kind of manipulative, the first being manipulated would be ourselves. Does it has sense? Thank you Matthew, according to the activities you've shared you practice with your team, you usually attain great project results. Congrats!
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Technology will never replace a good relationship. Different tools to allow communications but a relationship is nurtured and that involves people
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1 reply by David Romero Cordente
Jul 24, 2017 3:02 AM
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Thank you Mike. Agree. In essence, every species take care of them; neither technology nor other species will. Also, "repetitive human relationships" are what creates pure joy not "repetitive technology experiences". Technology is just a tool even a tool to change the world or to save lives, but just a tool.
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Unless machines are only your only stakeholders, an argument can be made that relationships are the ONLY things that matter when it comes to getting things done.
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1 reply by David Romero Cordente
Jul 24, 2017 3:01 AM
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You´ve made me think if in the future will be a human and a machines way. Maybe it will. Very interesting to think on it. Thank you Cris.
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I think on the contrary, with less real contact relationship are more important. The way the are build may have change.
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1 reply by David Romero Cordente
Jul 24, 2017 3:00 AM
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Thank you Vincent. There are so many things that are changing that we might need to adapt our behaviour and in essence our relationships. So since change involves uncertainty, new relationships should be considered more in depth in order to succeed and not fail.
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Jul 17, 2017 5:01 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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I think on the contrary, with less real contact relationship are more important. The way the are build may have change.
Thank you Vincent. There are so many things that are changing that we might need to adapt our behaviour and in essence our relationships. So since change involves uncertainty, new relationships should be considered more in depth in order to succeed and not fail.
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Jul 17, 2017 3:00 PM
Replying to Cris Casey
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Unless machines are only your only stakeholders, an argument can be made that relationships are the ONLY things that matter when it comes to getting things done.
You´ve made me think if in the future will be a human and a machines way. Maybe it will. Very interesting to think on it. Thank you Cris.
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Jul 17, 2017 12:17 PM
Replying to Mike Dewing
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Technology will never replace a good relationship. Different tools to allow communications but a relationship is nurtured and that involves people
Thank you Mike. Agree. In essence, every species take care of them; neither technology nor other species will. Also, "repetitive human relationships" are what creates pure joy not "repetitive technology experiences". Technology is just a tool even a tool to change the world or to save lives, but just a tool.
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