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August 26, 2010


Interesting view point.

Excellent post Mike. Couldn't agree more.

You can 'be doing everything right' and still fail (no matter how much earned value or KPIs you accumulate).

Thanks for the post.

Hey Jonathan,

Good to hear from you again, thanks for dropping by.

Yes, it is soft stuff (people) that is hard and the hard stuff (process) that is easy.
Leadership, like enthusiasm, cannot be taught, but it can be caught. Lets keep casting ideas and see who catches them and where they run with them.


It's clearly true that the people aspect of project management is a huge part of it. Personally I wouldn't say that project management is correct but that you also have to focus on emotional intelligence and the people aspect; I would say that the people aspect is integral to project management. You cannot expect to be successful without paying attention to communications, persuading, managing conflict, negotiating, etc., and every project manager should have these skills.

Harris Silverman

Mike, your post touches a nerve: PM technique is not sufficient - it's about people. This is more and more apparent in today's knowledge economy and innovative and creative projects that call for other skills than traditional technique.

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