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As a project manager it is our responsibility to identify and prevent issues from impacting the project adversely. So, my understanding is that the project manager should establish themselves that they are capable to take proactive steps, avoid project delay, and also not afraid of making tough decisions.

What is your opinion on this? Also, what happens if your decision got backfired? How do you deal with this?
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Anish -

I would agree that PMs need to be proactive when it comes to issue management but they should also have the judgment to know which issues they and the team are well equipped to handle and which need to be escalated in a timely manner to the right stakeholder. I've seen PMs who escalate prematurely and others who keep trying to resolve the issue past the time when it ahould have been escalated.

As far as making the wrong decision goes, we've all done it. The key is to learn from the bad decision and manage recovery through normal change control and/or issue management practices.

Kiron
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Dec 08, 2017 11:52 PM
Anish Abraham
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Thanks Kiron, for your response. I think proactive decision making will help project managers to set up strategies and implement them, which will ultimately differentiate them from other PM's.
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I use an issue log to record these. It's surprising how many PM's don't use one in their projects. An issue long can also identify risks along the way.
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Dec 09, 2017 12:00 AM
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Thanks Sante, I agree that PM should use issue log to record these things.
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I suppose we should always strive to be proactive. If issues arise, they should indeed be documented, with a resolution plan. If the resolution has negative impacts, those too should be documented and addressed as needed, with any appropriate measures. Any communication is in coordination with the communication plan and the extent of the impacts. If there is a need to escalate is dependent on various factors.
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Dec 08, 2017 11:56 PM
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I concur you on this Andrew. My understanding is that proactive decision may separate PM's from peers tin the organization, which may help them to climb the ladder.
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Dec 08, 2017 4:41 PM
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Anish -

I would agree that PMs need to be proactive when it comes to issue management but they should also have the judgment to know which issues they and the team are well equipped to handle and which need to be escalated in a timely manner to the right stakeholder. I've seen PMs who escalate prematurely and others who keep trying to resolve the issue past the time when it ahould have been escalated.

As far as making the wrong decision goes, we've all done it. The key is to learn from the bad decision and manage recovery through normal change control and/or issue management practices.

Kiron
Thanks Kiron, for your response. I think proactive decision making will help project managers to set up strategies and implement them, which will ultimately differentiate them from other PM's.
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Dec 08, 2017 6:27 PM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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I suppose we should always strive to be proactive. If issues arise, they should indeed be documented, with a resolution plan. If the resolution has negative impacts, those too should be documented and addressed as needed, with any appropriate measures. Any communication is in coordination with the communication plan and the extent of the impacts. If there is a need to escalate is dependent on various factors.
I concur you on this Andrew. My understanding is that proactive decision may separate PM's from peers tin the organization, which may help them to climb the ladder.
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Dec 08, 2017 5:39 PM
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I use an issue log to record these. It's surprising how many PM's don't use one in their projects. An issue long can also identify risks along the way.
Thanks Sante, I agree that PM should use issue log to record these things.
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I would agree, PM role owner should be proactive - Learning needs, skills, risk, team motivation, recognition, talent status, attrition and various external environment triggers may demand proactive action and decision making.

I feel most of project managers log incidences who demand proactive actions.
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Anish, I agree with you that PM should act proactively but he is only person who is responsible for projects, Yes has maximum share. But all stakeholder will also be affect from out come of project , so they are too involve in it. Issue log is one solution and second one is process the change through CCB.
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Dec 09, 2017 9:35 AM
Anish Abraham
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Thanks Manssor, I appreciate your feedback.
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Dec 09, 2017 8:27 AM
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Anish, I agree with you that PM should act proactively but he is only person who is responsible for projects, Yes has maximum share. But all stakeholder will also be affect from out come of project , so they are too involve in it. Issue log is one solution and second one is process the change through CCB.
Thanks Manssor, I appreciate your feedback.
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You are right. This is all part of Risk Management. The project manager needs to work with the team and the sponsor/stakeholders to identify potential risks. As we all know Risk Management continues throughout the project to identify any potential issue and to come up with mitigation strategies.
Additionally, the Project Manager should be proactive in regards to opportunities.
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Dec 09, 2017 11:06 AM
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Thanks for your feedback, Dinah.
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