Project Manager? Keep the BIG Picture in Focus

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Project Manager? Keep the BIG Picture in Focus
Nigel Chetram, Guyana
A PM can only be successful if he keeps the BIG picture in focus. The big picture is the goals and objectives that he sets out to accomplish. Lose sight of it and you're doomed.

Project Management
mursal bashir, CEO, Kenya
While I agree with most of the comments made so far, I think there is no general theory or method of application to all situations. Understanding of project objectives, their commitment to achieving the objectives and the environment within which they operate will contribute to success or failure.

Project Management is Situational
Fahad Abu-Haimed, Capital Performance Management Manager, Saudi Arabia
I just want to say that PM is only successful when done when you take into consideration the circumstances surrounding the project. I mean the culture, the processes, the mentality of management. There is no one correct way of doing project management. You have to adjust your knowledge with the circumstances.

Project Management- Big Picture versus Detail Oriented
Paul D Giammalvo, Professor and Consultant, Indonesia
Sorry Nigel but I couldn't disagree with you more.
Leave the big picture thinking to the MBA's. For a project manager, I want someone who sweats the details. Somehow who pays attention to each and every activity, understanding that all it takes is one or two activities to get off track and it impacts the entire project.

To put this in perspective, we are a "hard money" (firm fixed price) general contractor and from that perspective I hate to tell you how many projects I have seen "fail" because someone "forgot" a piece of equipment or to finish the design or to get the materials ordered.

To close, I leave you with this rhyme from Ben Franklin-
“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”

Franklin's Rhyme on the Importance of Details
Tarja Laila Marita Raman, Partner, Finland
@Paul D Giammalvo: I really like this Franklin's rhyme, it is very true, but I think it is necessary to have a big picture at first and during the project it is necessary to be exact and then by checking the project, you must keep attention to all and also the smallest details. A project is a picture, which is formed by many many different pieces. And remember, there are pieces of different sizes and forms. In fact you must be able to build the whole picture based by one piece and vice versa, you must understand how the "BIG PICTURE" is formed, how it is structured. For understanding a small piece one needs imagination, to understand a big piece one needs holistic ability and a realistic view as well.

Big Picture and Details:
Emmanuel Daniel., Student (University), Tanzania
A project have goals and objectives to be achieved, The Big Picture!
But cutting this picture into pieces give us the details.
The important thing is to ensure that the pieces you are producing are the right one.
I do agree with the one who sweats the details because it is only from them that a big picture can be made. 25-9-2016


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