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Jean-Michel DE JAEGER, EMBA, PMP
Project Manager, France

The Most Important Thing in Project Management: the Word MANAGEMENT

In my opinion the most important thing in project management that many people overlook is in the word MANAGEMENT. Of all the difficulties you face,
- Project methods and tools are useful in project management to organize, to plan, to follow-up, to report but they represent no more than 30% of your challenges as a project manager.
- The other 70% concern the management of the project team, integrating the project into the overall management of the firm, the management of the stakeholders, and of course the management of the client relationship.
 

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Linda Juspandi, AUSTRALIA
 

The Hardest Thing in Project Management: Managing Cross-functional Activities

I totally agree. However, management of cross functional activities is the hardest thing and are often missed...
For example, security requirements (physical & electronic) often come from the client security department and not the accommodation property group. If it does come from the property group...it is a matter of them forwarding the brief directly to us.
The thing is that some of the reqs are actually in conflict with one another...but unless we go through them in fine combs...we won't know. It is so time consuming (in particular with door schedules etc etc)...
Anybody ever experienced this too...?

 
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David Dicanot
Analyst, France
 

Why Projects Fail: Project Definition and Resources, ...

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P V ANANTHARAMAIAH, India
 

The Most Important Thing in Project Management: Motivating the Teams

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Xolani Nxanga, South Africa
 

What's Most Important in Project Management? Managing the People

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Paul D Giammalvo
Professor and Consultant, Indonesia
 

There is no Most Important Thing About Project Management...

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Marcelo Charlin, Chile
 

The Weakest Link in Project Management is the Unexpected

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Smeeksha, India
 

The Most Important Thing is Project Management with Conviction

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Sukru MINDAS
Project Manager, France
 

What's Most Important in Project Management: Stakeholder Analysis

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Hector Rodriguez
Analyst, Paraguay
 

What's Most Important in Project Management? Continuously Managing the People

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Ted Garrison
Management Consultant, United States
 

What's Most Important in Project Management - Leadership

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afolabi adeosun, United Kingdom
 

What's Most Important in Project Management

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M Swain
Consultant, United States
 

Most Important in Project Management? The Project Scope

@David Dicanot : I agree project definition (the scope) is most important in project management. El... Sign up

 
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Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines
 

Most Important in Program and Project Management are the People

I beg to disagree that management is the most important thing in project management. Management coul... Sign up

 
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MSc Alberto Carrizo Kacheff
Business Consultant, Brazil
 

The Most Important Thing in Project Management is MANAGEMENT

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Makhosandile Ndzuzo
Director, South Africa
 

The Most Important Thing in Project Management: Managing Relationships

@Xolani Nxanga : Performance of work necessarily involves the management of relationships - be it be... Sign up

 
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Jean-Michel DE JAEGER, EMBA, PMP
Project Manager, France
 

The Most Important Thing in Project Management: the Word MANAGEMENT

@David Dicanot: all what you said is right David, but don't you think project definition and choice ... Sign up

 
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Jean-Michel DE JAEGER, EMBA, PMP
Project Manager, France
 

Managing Cross-functional Activities is Part of Management

@Linda Juspandi: you are perfectly right Linda in saying that managing cross-functional activities i... Sign up

 
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Elizabeth Elikem Addae
Student (University), Ghana
 

Most Important Thing in Project Management: MANAGING the People

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Dirk Schleef, Germany
 

Important in Project Management: (Managing The) Communication

In the beginning of project management, but also in any other phase, there must be project communica... Sign up

 
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C.L. Kappagomtula
Professor, Malaysia
 

The Focus of Management in Project Management

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Kevin M. Adolfo
Management Consultant, Philippines
 

Management Support is also an Important Element of Project Management

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Schubert Pereira, United States
 

Many Things are Crucial for Project Management Success

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Alex Yap
Accountant, Malaysia
 

The Most Important Thing in Project Management: The Right Project Manager!

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Serge Kuznetsov
Teacher, Russian Federation
 

Organizational Project Management

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Marcelo Fenoll Ramal
ICT Consultant, Brazil
 

Sponsor and Client must Work Together

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Rosemary Barasa, Kenya
 

Most Important in Project Management: Planning

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FAYEZ, Saudi Arabia
 

Management is Most Important in Projects and Has Many Aspects

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benjamin
Manager, Taiwan
 

Management of Subcontractors is also an Important Element of Project Management

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Grace Alleyne, Barbados
 

Most Important in Project Management: Project Definition and Resources

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M Swain
Consultant, United States
 

Most Important in PM: Management of Commitment and Expectations

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K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Managing the Most Important Things in Project Management

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Greenhow, Sweden
 

Most Important Thing in PM: Communication

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abdelmouneam haj bakoor, Syria
 

The Most Important in Project Management: the Humans

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Zoniaina
Coach, Madagascar
 

What's Most Important in Project Management: Managing Agreement about the Output and Managing the Interaction

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Peter Brunner
Management Consultant, Switzerland
 

Important in Project Management: Managing Strategic Decisions about the Project

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Rebecca Katticaren, India
 

Management Skills of Program Manager

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Dieudonne Bolisomi Ebengo Mbaku, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
 

What's the Most Important in Project Management: Project Issues and Risks Management

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Ahmed Zahran
Business Consultant, Egypt
 

What is Most Important in Project Management: Control

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Horbinski, United States
 

Most Important Thing is Management in a Project

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Damodaram Kuppuswami
Consultant, India
 

Leadership in Project Management

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Jean-Michel DE JAEGER, EMBA, PMP
Project Manager, France
 

The Most Important Thing in Project Management: the Word Management

@Peter Brunner: I fully agree with you Peter, projects exist within organizations for itself, or for... Sign up

 
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Mario de Obaldia, United States
 

The Most Important Thing in Management is ..

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RUBEN ACOSTA
Manager, Mexico
 

The Most Important Thing in Project Management is Management, BUT...

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Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines
 

The Most Important Thing in Project Management is the Word PROJECT

@MSc Alberto Carrizo Kacheff: if we are to consider the words in project management, the more import... Sign up

 
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Vincent Miholic
Manager, United States
 

The Vital Importance of Complete Connection and Communication

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SHEJA Innocent
Director, Rwanda
 

Personal Motivation of Project Manager

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redouane sibai
manager, Morocco
 

An Overall Vision of Management

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vickie rodriguez
Student (Other)
 

Having your Team Members Rresponsible for their Task

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K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Most Important Things in Project Management

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Emmanuel Mwirichia
Manager, Kenya
 

What's Most Important in Project Management?

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MSc Alberto Carrizo Kacheff
Business Consultant, Brazil
 

The Most Important Thing in Management is Management

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Joseph Mohammed
Student (Other), Trinidad and Tobago
 

People / Communications

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K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Most Important Thing in Project Management

@MSc Alberto Carrizo Kacheff : Thank you, all that I can say and reiterate is from experience is: a ... Sign up

 
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Paul D Giammalvo
Professor and Consultant, Indonesia
 

Project Management is a Complex System Consisting of Many Interlinked Components

Folks, I think all of you are missing a very important point. Project management is a system - a com... Sign up

 
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Peter Brunner
Management Consultant, Switzerland
 

Systemic Project Management

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ATBA Bouchaib
Technical Studies Service Manager, Morocco
 

The Most Important Thing in Project Management

@Paul D Giammalvo: hi, great this holistic approach! However I think the heart has a central role in... Sign up

 
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Paul D Giammalvo
Professor and Consultant, Indonesia
 

The Most Important Thing About Project Management is that it is a SYSTEM

@Atba Bouchaib: Atba, in a system, there IS no single "most important" part! If your big toe has ga... Sign up

 
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MSc Alberto Carrizo Kacheff
Business Consultant, Brazil
 

Project Management is a Complex System..

@Paul D Giammalvo: distinguished colleague, may I bring to your attention that management is not a s... Sign up

 
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K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Many Important Things In Project Management

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Zoniaina
Coach, Madagascar
 

The Most Important in PM: Focus on Output and Interactions

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Paul D Giammalvo
Professor and Consultant, Indonesia
 

Project Management as a Complex System

@MSc Alberto Carrizo Kacheff: Upon what scientific basis are you making your claim that management i... Sign up

 
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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

System or Activities

@Paul D Giammalvo : To me: - A project is primarily a (temporary) system, endeavour or organization... Sign up

 
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Paul D Giammalvo
Professor and Consultant, Indonesia
 

Most Important Thing About Project Management...

@Jaap de Jonge (Editor): Jaap, none other than Peter Drucker (in his 1973 book "Management: Tasks, R... Sign up

 
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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Project ≠ Project Management..

@Paul D Giammalvo : Hi Paul, the intention of my last reaction was not to dispute if project managem... Sign up

 
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Jean-Michel DE JAEGER, EMBA, PMP
Project Manager, France
 

Project Management versus Operations

@Paul D Giammalvo: hi Paul, I really understand your point of view and your reference to Peter Druck... Sign up

 
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Maxx, Germany
 

Important thing in Project Management: the word MANAGEMENT -- WHO does WHAT by WHEN?

My view on projects is as simple as achieving other business goals: >>> WHO does WHAT by WHEN? <<< ... Sign up

 
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Paul D Giammalvo
Professor and Consultant, Indonesia
 

Projectization of Operations....

@Jean-Michel DE JAEGER, EMBA, PMP: Jean Michel, many of our mining and oil and gas clients are "proj... Sign up

 
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K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Project Management

In my opinion Mr. DE JAEGER, project management is basically tied up with 5 view points: - SCOPE (c... Sign up

 
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C.L. Kappagomtula
Professor, Malaysia
 

Managing a Project is Truly a Cakewalk, Provided You Reign the Triumvirate

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More on Program and Project Management:
Methods, Models and Theories
Discussion Topics
👀The Most Important Thing in Project Management: the Word MANAGEMENT
topic The 4C's of an Ideal Project Manager
topic Best Practice: Five Crucial Project Conversations
topic Project Management Basics
topic Criteria Program versus Project?
topic Project Success Factors
topic How to Convert a Project into a Road Map for Product Development?
topic Project Transition Into the Operational Activities
topic Leadership in Project Management
topic Project Downsizing Approaches
topic Project Lessons Learned
topic Build Project Support First
topic Creating Ownership in the Project Team
topic Agile Project Management Methods
topic Effective Project Communication
topic Project Manager versus Business Analyst
topic Objectives of Project Management?
topic Are Project Managers Born or Made?
topic Priority: Deliver the Project
topic Project Manager Soft Skills
topic Project Expectation Management
topic Project Hierarchy Structure
topic Why Project Management? Importance
topic Cultural Factors in Project Management
topic Managing Delays of Projects Caused by Owner
topic How to Prepare Project Reviews?
topic Project Management Office
🔥 National Public Projects Implementation System (NPPIS)
topic The Use of Mobile Devices in Project Management
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