3 experts have described difficult decisions they had to take in one project.

Now think about what was important for them in taking the decision the took. Would they act differently in a different context? Why?

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  1. The Project Managers were more concerned about the best way forward. They kept their focus on the goal, why they are there, and considered what necessary adjustment, compromise and collaboration they could make to meet their goal. They maintained a positive mindset in any situation.

    In a different context they wouldn’t act differently because of the values they have as Project Managers. For instance, the lady expert spoke about herself not allowing ego to get in the way of her negotiation. That value enabled her meet the clients need and she won the day. They all were purpose driven, not rigid, and solution oriented. The context might be different other times with varying challenges and decisions to make. But In any case, as project managers they have to find a balance that is guided by ethics, values and norms as they did in the situations in the video.

  2. Given all the challenges faced by the project managers, their difficult decisions would not have taken a different route considering the lack of supporting resources. After thorough consideration by the organization, it became clear that language constraints significantly impacted project management. These constraints are a fundamental aspect of the challenges we face, shaping the decisions and strategies employed by the project managers

  3. Reflecting on the decision taken by the experts, I would not have acted differently.
    The goal of any project is for it to be completed, irrespective of the challenges be it the language barrier, unforeseen technical issues, low resources et. c. sometimes for a project to be completed, there must be compromise on the side of everyone involved in the project (from the project team to the sponsors and stakeholders) because it will be very painful if a project is to be canceled when time and resources have been invested in to.

  4. The experts found it difficult to take the decisions they were required to take because they considered all resources including time, energy plus all things everyone had pit to ensure the success of the projects.

    No, in different projects, given the same challenge they won’t act differently. Basically because they understand their roles as project managers and the demand thereof. They understand the importance of negotiation, which they applied and got results. They were able to adhere to the ethical expectations of the project, hence they considered the impact of the challenges on everyone directly or indirectly. They had to act fast to address the situations.

  5. I would say i wouldn’t have acted any differently from them because one of the necessary characteristics a PM must have is negotiation. That is, they must be able to negotiate in order to get a win-win for the project and team

  6. I would say, I wouldn’t have acted differently as the goal of every project manager is to see that all projects are done and that at the end of the day there is a win-win situation, and that stakeholders are satisfied. All three are centered on clear communication and transparency to the team as this is a core characteristics of a good project manager.

  7. Reflecting on the decisions made by three project management experts in challenging situations and how context influences their actions, I don’t think they would have acted differently seeing that their aim was centered on
    — Minimizing risks and ensuring the well-being and productivity of the project stakeholders(Team)
    — Balancing Quality and Budget.
    — Ensuring they don’t slack on the part of effective and honest communication.

  8. The goal of every project manager is to ensure that a project is delivered as expected and planned. However, in ensuring that the project is achieved, it must not be at the expense of the organization’s ethics and values. In summary the goal is to have a win-win at the end of everything.

    The question is, in the midst of these difficult decision making, would they act differently in a different context?

    Well, there might be a different approach to making difficult decisions in different context. Nonetheless, one thing is constant, in every decision taken there ought not to be a compromise as regards to the ethics and values of both parties.

  9. Damilola Ogunsakin

    From the video evidence, it’s evident that their response to the situation was likely not context-dependent. They handled it adeptly, maintaining transparency and clear communication with their team and stakeholders. By keeping their focus on the ultimate goal, they were able to navigate challenges effectively and find appropriate solutions.

  10. Firstly I would say, the goal of the project they were working on is more important to them. Making those difficult decisions they took wasn’t simple, but the reason why the project started initially was stronger than the odds. The goal served as a driving force in making the decision.

    The decision to terminate a project early isn’t a simple one at all because the team members would have invested their time and expertise in the project based on the outlined goals and plans. So then the decision of the project manager to terminate the project after considering the odds or other factors has not been to hurt the effort of the team members but to prevent a major loss at the end of the project. Loss of time, money and resources.

    To the question “Would they have acted differently in a different context?” I would say No to this. Part of the quality of a good project manager is to ensure the well-being of the team members and other stakeholders and to ensure the project is successfully delivered on time and within the budget. Deciding to terminate a project early, sounds like the best decision if it contradicts the ethics of the job.

  11. It’s better to take that tough decision than living of moving on false hope. I won’t have acted differently. They made the right choice at the perfect timing.

  12. From the information gathered from the video, I do not think they would have acted any different in another context. My reasons are that, firstly, they all understood the goals set for the the project which was the major value of their organisation and that sets their decision in motion. They also took into cognizance the essence of collaborating as a team and made use of effective communication to achieve the desired goal irrespective of the challenges encountered. These are great skills required of any project manager, they deployed it and it allowed them get the desired result.

  13. From my point of view, I think they would have acted the same way once it was in the interest of the project and the organization, although it may be difficult for them. As project managers, making a tough decision is part of the skill required.

  14. From this context, they all focused on the importance of team work, clear communications, project goals and above all supportive collaborations and these variables greatly helped them and also shaped their decision making mindset which resulted to a win win situation in the various situations.
    So personally, I think they still would have done same in a different context because they properly understood the importance of the aforementioned variables in project management

  15. Flexibility is crucial when faced with tough decisions, and collaboration and sustainable teamwork are the ultimate solutions to overcoming challenging project decisions.

  16. In each situation, the project goals, team work and collaboration was important and this help shape their decisions. Having these as priority I believe theybwould act the same way in different contexts because their decisions re shaped by the same values.

  17. Hello!!!

    My name is PAUL NWEKE, COHORT 16, TEAM 9.

    From the video, I noticed the following from them;
    – Decision making – Difficult decision to terminate a project.
    – Language challenges – Language barriers.
    – Funding issue – Funding challenges for a project.

    Among these challenges, they were able to overcome the challenges by making sure that they followed the due process. They made sure that there was effective communication with the right authorities and channels to make sure the gap was closed properly. They made sure there was a meeting with the team and other stakeholders involved to resolve the issues. And that decision was just a wonderful one. I think this is the right thing they are supposed to do and I do not think doing otherwise in another context would yield a maximum result like what they did here – engaging the right stakeholders through a proper communication channel.

  18. JESUDIMU OPEYEMI

    Here are the three major challenges I noted from the video:

    1. Making the difficult decision to terminate a project early.
    2. Facing unexpected funding challenges for a project.
    3. Language barriers presenting a challenge.

    Here’s how each challenge was resolved:

    1. Terminating a project early may result from management decisions. However, it’s important to carefully consider the impact, especially if another high-priority project is expected to be carried out. To keep the team motivated, the original goal should be kept in mind, and the knowledge and skills gained should not go to waste.

    2. Addressing the lack of funding for a project involved seeking collaboration with external parties who could provide assistance, with the understanding that they would receive a return on their investment.

    3. Overcoming language barriers is crucial for smooth communication within the project team and with stakeholders. Clear and effective communication is essential for successful project execution.

  19. Frankly, i think project managers often in handling various projects will possibly face difficult situations that make require taking difficult decisions. From the video , i learnt its important for a project manager not to have a ego but to emphasize the place of team work, collaboration, good and effective communication with all team members at all time. Also, an overall believe in the reason or objectives of the projects also helps in been able to cope with taking difficult decisions and above personal ethics as a project manager remains significant.

  20. From the video of the three (3) expert points, there were 3 point i can pick from there
    1. Decision making:- one of the important key as a Project manager is Decision Making, decision is not isolate to one person in field of project management.
    Making decision is a thing that one or group of people must be very careful to carry out for the success of the task or project

    2. Reflection:- this is the process of check over and over before it can be implement on a project. a place of reflection is very important in project manager life.

    3. Different context:- different context bring different ideas together for which manager and team workers should compel together to safe guide the damage that may occur in future

    Uwoghiren Osagie Williams
    Cohort 16
    Team 10

  21. Being cool and calm is a great tool for managing any project even in a family setting, you don’t rush, take decisions and tackle problems just as they come and achieving real life solutions to them, this could be tiring or rather frustrating initially but I am very optimistic that it will pay off at the long run. This actually helped her achieve what she wouldn’t have if she had used a negative approach.

  22. Here is my pick from the three Project Manager sharing of their difficult decision:

    I have realized that Project Manager is not as easy as the name depict. A successful project must posses 3 or more of the give skillset if not all in decision making.

    I their discussion, they wouldn’t have made a better decision for the success of the project if communication, collaboration, ad ethics were absence.

  23. Stephen Amarachi Grace Team 9

    Considering the situation at hand faced by the three experts, I don’t think they could have done anything differently as they had to make the toughest decisions in that project.
    One thing I picked out was collaboration. Project management is not a solo adventure. By collaborating with your team or other team if the need be will also help with decision making.
    Communication is key. Despite the fact that all the experts needed to make a decision, they communicated with their team. Imagine terminating a project early and the project manager just decided that and does it without letting the team know. It would demoralize them as they would feel their efforts was a waste. Communication is also crucial even in dealing with difficult decision.

  24. What was important for them was delivering a complete project to the stakeholders and making sure the efforts of the project team was never in vain.

    I don’t think they would have done something different as at that time. The approach they took was the best approach as at that time.

  25. My name is Omopariola Emmanuel Seun

    Hard decision should be taken, as to whether to cancel the project or to continue.
    The project manager should go extra miles, make sacrifices, take the team back to the initial goal, collaborate the team.

  26. They were able to employ a good communication and collaboration skills in order to solve the difficulties. Margaret Ebieme, Cohort 16 team 6

  27. From the 3 experts point of view, there were 3 points that was highlighted from there discussion
    !. Decision making: in Project management decision making can not be taken from one person i the place of project work.
    Making a decision you must be careful in other not affect the entire project works or task.
    2. reflection: this is the best ideas to look out over and over before the implementation of the project on site
    3. Different context: bringing different ideas together make the manager and his teams to safe guide the risk that may occur in feature during implementing the project.

    Esther Ezinne Uwoghiren
    Cohort 16
    Team 4

  28. I don’t think they had any cause to regret any of the decisions they made.
    As one speaker said, ego was kept aside. They ensured that communication lines were still kept open with all stakeholders to maintain continuity of the project. Another thing that they did was to be open and transparent – they were not afraid to admit the mistakes, take blame and work towards achieving a solution.

  29. Communication works hand in hand with the Ethics
    All three experts made sure the communicated effectively to their project team and clients concerning all the problems they faced. they also remained calm and collected and made sure to find a solution

  30. The 3 expert highlighted 3 major points, which are;

    Decision:
    Being extremely careful when making decisions in order not to affect the project.

    Reflection:
    Reflecting on ideas over and over again before implementing them.

    Different Context:
    In a different context, such as a less severe weather condition where safety risks were manageable, decisions made should be considered. The balance between safety and project deadlines would shift based on the severity of the risk.

  31. Their aims is to streak a balance and solve the difficulties or kios that arise

    One of the power tools is communication and collaboration they ensure they have good communication which makes them address the situation and look for alternatives to achieve their goals

    Some need to understand the moral values of his team members

  32. Communication, collaboration and understanding with all parties involved in the project was their major way of handling those difficult decisions, then looking back at what the goal of the project was in order to achieve it’s aims and goals.

  33. Communication and collaboration with all parties involved in the project was their major way of handling those difficult decisions, then looking back at what the goal of the project was in order to achieve it’s aim.

  34. They prioritized the Project, while giving Clear communication and then Collaboration.
    Their ability to remain positive, clearly convey ideas and work seamlessly as a group is truly impressive.

  35. Why the Project Managers took the decisions which they did:
    These 3 project managers had one aim in mind from the onset which was the achieving the goals of the project.

    They had issues ranging from communication to collaboration to resources not being able to go round and a host of other key issues. It took the collaboration of all the stakeholders to actively engage and proffer a solution to the hurdles encountered in the course of the project.

    The different case scenerios entailed different approaches to resolve the different type of problems that came up within the project.

    Would they have handled it otherwise in different situations, most probably, but the solutions would still have been tailored to the needs of the project hurdle.

  36. Communication and collaboration with all parties involved in the project was their major way of handling those difficult decisions, then looking back at what the goal of the project was in order to achieve it’s aim.

  37. What was important for the taking of the decision where that the goal of the project must be achieved and nothing short of that, this help them to know when to continue or cancel a project, as a project manager
    .

  38. Expert 1: Sarah, Project Manager in Construction
    Decision:
    Sarah had to decide whether to continue construction during an unexpected severe weather event. Continuing would risk worker safety, but halting the project would delay completion and increase costs.

    Reflection:
    For Sarah, worker safety was paramount. She ultimately decided to halt construction despite the financial implications. This decision was influenced by the ethical responsibility to ensure the well-being of her team and compliance with safety regulations.

    Different Context:
    In a different context, such as a less severe weather condition where safety risks were manageable, Sarah might have decided to implement additional safety measures and continue working. The balance between safety and project deadlines would shift based on the severity of the risk.

    Expert 2: Michael, IT Project Lead
    Decision:
    Michael had to choose between two software solutions for a critical project. One solution was well-known and reliable but expensive, while the other was less expensive but relatively untested.

    Reflection:
    Michael prioritized reliability and long-term stability. He opted for the more expensive, well-known software to ensure project success and minimize the risk of future issues. Trust in proven technology and risk aversion guided his decision.

    Different Context:
    If the project had a more flexible budget or if the timeline allowed for thorough testing, Michael might have considered the cheaper, untested software. In a startup environment with limited funds, cost-saving could outweigh the risk, prompting a different choice.

    Expert 3: Lisa, Marketing Campaign Manager
    Decision:
    Lisa faced a dilemma between launching a marketing campaign on schedule with incomplete market research or delaying the launch to gather more data. Launching on schedule could capture immediate market opportunities but risked missing the target audience due to insufficient insights.

    Reflection:
    For Lisa, understanding the audience and ensuring the campaign’s effectiveness were crucial. She decided to delay the launch to complete the research, believing that a well-targeted campaign would yield better long-term results despite the short-term delay.

    Different Context:
    In a fast-moving market where timing is critical, such as during a holiday season or a trending event, Lisa might prioritize speed over comprehensive data. Here, capturing the market opportunity quickly could be more important than perfect targeting.

    Analysis
    Common Factors in Decision-Making:

    Values and Priorities: Each expert’s decision was heavily influenced by their core values, such as safety, reliability, and effectiveness.
    Contextual Factors: The specifics of the project environment, such as severity of risks, budget constraints, and timing, significantly impacted the decisions.
    Acting Differently in Different Contexts:

    Sarah: In a less severe weather situation or with different safety protocols, she might balance safety and deadlines differently.
    Michael: With more time or in a financially constrained environment, he might take a calculated risk on the cheaper software.
    Lisa: In a time-sensitive market, she could prioritize a timely launch over exhaustive research.
    These reflections highlight the importance of context in decision-making. While values provide a foundation, the specific circumstances and constraints of each project can lead to different decisions.

  39. For each of these professionals, in making tough calls they prioritised the project, putting into consideration the goals and objectives of the project in the first place. They also considered the people. Without the people, as the PM, you can’t successfully achieve all that you set out to. So, getting the people to a place where their needs are met and they get the work done is a win-win.

  40. Let’s not forget that project management is above all about achieving the planned objectives with the planned resources and within the planned timeframe.
    And in order to deal with endogenous and exogenous factors, communication is needed that respects stakeholders.
    One project manager’s decision may differ from another’s, but what is fundamental is the solidity of the team and its adaptability to any situation.
    In my country, there’s an adage that goes ‘there’s never a problem without a solution’.

  41. In taking decision, you deal with what is most important in the project or what will be the best for the project

  42. What was important to them was ensuring proper management of the situation faced. They used different approaches depending on what they were faced with.

  43. Reflect on what was important in taking the decision:
    Ethics of their organization was important for them in taking the decision they did and also counting the cost and ensuring not to compromise on ethics and openness in their decision making.

    Would they act differently in a different context, why?
    I think they wouldn’t have acted differently in another context due to the fact that no matter the difficulty faced, the project team had adequate communication to the appropriate stakeholders. And this is crucial in the success of any project.

  44. Why the Project Managers took the decision they made.
    The major reason why they took the decision is that they are focused on the project goal. In achieving the goal they had to be flexible in addressing the challenges that came up. Hence through stakeholders engagement and collaboration, they were able to resolve issues and achieve their project goal.

    Would they have acted differently?
    Yes would have acted differently if all resources were available, stakeholders were not affected and are satisfied. But under the circumstance they wouldn’t have acted differently if they were to achieve their project goal.

    Kennedy Anyanwu
    Cohort 15

  45. Yes they would act differently on a different context.
    WHY?
    Firstly the to project management see handling different project , obviously what A plans and decision would be will be different to B plans and decision would be depict the fact that they would follow same skills. Also them would be having different team’s to work on the project. If the two project managers are working on a project as a team then there won’t be difference in their plan and fulfillment of the project.

  46. I think what was important to them was counting the cost, ensuring that they did not compromise on ethics and openness in the decisions made with regards to the stakeholders of the project.

    While past projects can be used to set precedents for future projects, each project is actually unique in nature and should be handled in relation to the unique circumstances surrounding it.

  47. They would react differently in different context because each situation requires different approach

  48. Umeanolue Lilian
    Team 6

    Dealing with issues and taking important decision is one of the skill for a Project Manager.They did exactly what they were meant to do.They would have also acted the same in different context using a different approach.
    Its basically all about decision making and updating the stake holders.

  49. What was important for them is that regardless of the difficulty, the project has to go on and they had to find ways to navigate through the difficulty which will lead to a successful project. For them it was all about teamwork and adequate communication. I don’t think they would have acted differently in another context because no matter the difficulty faced, the project team and adequate communication to the appropriate stakeholders is a constant in the success of any project.

  50. I think it was all about achieving the aim of the project that made the experts take their various decisions. If it wasn’t for their roles as project managers, maybe they would have acted differently because, as an individual it is up to you to decide if you want to work together to achieve a purpose or not.

  51. The success of the project at hand was more important to them and that greatly influenced their decisions. I am certain that they would act differently in another situation, so long as it’s in the best interest of the project.

  52. Osuji Mirian
    May 10,2024@2:08

    As already known project Managers are faced with critical task that are very burdensome but thank God for the three experts, that could handle their different situations amicably.

  53. As a project manager, one must develop a good problem solving skill in order to achieve the best result in a project. However, the 3 experts did their best in resolving the issues faced and i know they would have made better decisions if the circumstances were different

  54. Project managers deal with issues differently depending on the exact problem. It is important that project manager must showcase a high level of knowledge as well as empathy in dealing with issues that may concern the team member and the organization, in this case the issues will be dealt with different because of their morals and empathy concerning that situation.

  55. Basically the three experts did their best in bring along lasting solution to the problems they encountered and treated it respectively. being a project manager problem solving skills is essential and each of the expert were faced with a different problem in their field and was able to manage the situation to the best of their knowledge with the help of other team members.

  56. I believe the three experts did what they had to do in the circumstance in view of their role as PM from whom accountability and open communication with all stakeholders are essential.

  57. Dealing with issues has already been said as part of project managers, but issues are dealt in different ways and perspective. We all have a way of dealing with issues, so in this case the issues will be dealt with different because of their morals and empathy concerning that situation.

  58. Dealing with difficult issues is part of being a Project manager, it is inevitable. However, the recipe for dealing with this issues is always almost found in the kind of decision to be made, the issue involved and the stakeholders in play. I believe the project managers in the video did was necessary at the time, and handled the issues perfectly.

    1. Project managers deal with issues differently depending on the nature of the problem. It is pertinent that project manager must showcase a high level of knowledge as well as empathy in dealing with an issue that may concern the team member and the organization.

  59. Dealing with issues and taking important decision is one of the skill for a PM.They did exactly what they were meant to do.They would have also acted the same in different context using a different approach.
    Its basically all about decision making and updating the stake holders.

  60. As project managers, dealing with difficult decision in project management calls for a well-thought-out methodology. For the three Project managers ,each of them managed the difficulty in the best way they could. They openly analyzed the situation having gathered relevant data and information on the state of the project, engaged the stakeholders in the best way to get their views and concerns. They were ethical and followed due rules in their engagement. They were flexible in a few cases in getting the best of their teammates. They considered the pros and cons where necessary, in taken their choices. In each of their decisions, they had positive dispositions and impact despite the challenging situation and decision made. They ensured the stakeholders are clearly carried along having communicated the rationale behind the decision and got their feedback.
    I believe they could have reacted differently in difference context, however whatever their reaction, I believe it will still be the best decision they can take in a challenging situation taking into consideration the stakeholders, holding forth the best values and ethics.

    Familua Adeniyi
    Cohort 15, Team 1

  61. From the explanations of the experts, they would only try to save the situation and so can do whatsover that is right to be done. That would vary depending on the situation at hand and what needs to be done.

  62. During the course of running a project, there are instances where you would need to make difficult decisions as a project manager.
    One thing peculiar to the experts is their ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders involved while analysing the situation on ground and thinking of possible alternatives. They were able to do this by considering the available resources,nature of project,technical issues e.t.c. Also, they were patient and calm enough to address the challenges. I believe that in a different situation, they wouldn’t act so differently because even though each project is unique, as a P. M, you need to be able to adapt to situations, be transparent with every stakeholder involved and think of possible alternatives.

  63. Listening to the experts on the unique challenges they all faced in their different projects,one would realize that every project comes with it’s uniqueness, and proffering solutions to challenges must be a strong point of any project manager and with each decision a project manager arrives at, it must still uphold the value of the firm,this w
    Can either make him or discredit him
    .
    So,every Project manager MUST possess these skills Communication skill,Critical Thinking, risk analysis ,risk manager ,teamwork and transparency .

    Mnena
    Cohort 15, Team 7

  64. Project management is a challenging task because it requires the ability of a PM to make difficult decisions to have the ability to impact negatively or positively to organisational goals.

    What was important to them, was how the decision and management skill (as regards the challenges faced) could impact on the project and organisational target. For instance, the speaker said, “it can be very painful to terminate a project early” but important consideration here is the reason behind the decision.

    Would they act differently in a different context? Why?

    Yes, because in most cases, different situations require different approaches.

  65. Life itself is characterized by various challenges, and so a project is not immune to challenges. Of course, there might have been a vision for embarking on a project with good intentions but sometimes life happens which could lead to a change in priority, thus putting a pause, redirection, or entirely stopping a project regardless of how far it has gone or how much has been spent.

    however, there could also be a good reason why a project has to be paused, redirected or stopped.
    Whichever the case, in situations like this just as mentioned in the video, communicating with details to the various tiers of stakeholders is very key. Show empathy and in some cases compensating the project team for time spent might be a great thing to do. Other situations might require the Project manager to come up with a solution for the project to continue, either way communicating with stakeholders is Key.

    Mary Ayo

  66. One thing I noticed from the three experts is that there is a target they must achieve, they focused on the goal. And if I was in their shoes I wouldn’t have acted differently.
    It was painful to have cancelled a project half way because of the efforts that have been put in to it.
    But she had empathy and was able to manage the situation and speak with her team.

  67. As project managers, dealing with difficult decision in project management calls for a well-thought-out methodology. For the three Project managers ,each of them managed the difficulty in the best way they could. They openly analyzed the situation having gathered relevant data and information on the state of the project, engaged the stakeholders in the best way to get their views and concerns. They were ethical and followed due rules in their engagement. They were flexible in a few cases in getting the best of their teammates. They considered the pros and cons where necessary, in taken their choices. In each of their decisions, they had positive dispositions and impact despite the challenging situation and decision made. They ensured the stakeholders are clearly carried along having communicated the rationale behind the decision and got their feedback.
    I believe they could have reacted differently in difference context, however whatever their reaction, I believe it will still be the best decision they can take in a challenging situation taking into consideration the stakeholders, holding forth the best values and ethics.

    Familua Adeniyi
    Cohort 15, Team 1

  68. Navigating challenging decisions requires a methodical and organized approach that harmonizes ethical considerations, practical consequences, and stakeholder interests.

    It is important to gather pertinent information and assess potential outcomes for each alternative. Delve into the ethical principles at play, such as integrity, equity, and regard for others’ rights.
    Engage with stakeholders to grasp their viewpoints and apprehensions. Evaluate the merits and demerits of each option, factoring in both immediate and long-term repercussions.

    Prioritize choices that resonate with fundamental values and ethical norms, while also evaluating feasibility and impact. Upon reaching a decision, it is important to communicate it clearly and transparently, explaining the reasoning to affected parties.
    Then, monitor the decision’s outcomes and remain open to adjustments if circumstances warrant them.

  69. From the discussions of the experts, I was able to see that challenges are normal for managers but it differs and how to handle them differs too.
    Once a manager is faced with a challenge or challenges, the next thing is to find a solution. Solutions can actually come from having a round table discussion with the team just as the expert with the venue issue. He was able to proffer solution despite the fact that the client had to pay extra.
    Another thing i learnt is seeing a challenge as an opportunity. This I got from the expert who had communication as a challenge due to language barrier but he saw it as a value.
    Also, it might be a difficult thing to terminate a project early but if it’s affecting the priority, it might be permitted and always be positive about everything even when there is a termination of project. Be positive because there are lessons to be learnt.

  70. Despite the strain they all went through in making those tough decisions, their unrelenting determination to follow their ethical values of delivering the best services for their clients kept them going and enabled them stick to the decisions. Acting differently in another context would have been a matter of how dire the situation is and the consequences if they were to overlook the ethics and compromise

  71. Olufemi Olayanju Cohort 15, Team 8

    Every project is unique hence project managers must be prepared for the unforeseen and the unexpected. Project managers are usually task and result driven but there are situations that sometimes challenges the skill set and competency of a project manager. When this occurs it requires a situation analysis vis-a-vis the goal of the project.
    In one of the cases mentioned, there was a need for continued business justification. For reason of a change in priority, a project had to be terminated. In this particular case of project termination, the sponsors due to change in priority decided to divert resources elsewhere after the take off of the project despite time, effort and commitment invested. Project termination could also be for technical reasons affecting the feasibility of the project. The project manager in either situation could not have acted differently as he or she is called to implement a plan to create a viable product. If the sponsor is no longer interested in sponsoring the project or the project cannot deliver on a viable product, it has to wind up prematurely.
    In the MTD water infrastructure case, it was clearly a case of clash of interests between two managers wanting to offer service and deliver result. The lesson in this case was the fact that when confronted with difficult decisions , all stakeholders must collaborate in seeking a way forward. There is need for engagement, communication and compromise to forge ahead.
    In handling difficult decision, there is need for problem analysis, collaborate with stake holders on the way forward, negotiation, consider all options, decide collaboratively, capture lessons and outputs from the resolution.

    On whether the project managers would act differently in another context, it depends on the peculiar circumstances of the different context. The words different context suggest a different set of circumstances. For sure the project managers have learnt lessons from this particular scenarios which they can take forward to other project settings. Project managers are constantly learning on the job and getting better as managers. Project dynamics differ from one project to another but new projects are always enriched by lessons learnt from previous projects.

  72. Every project is unique hence project managers must be prepared for the unforeseen and the unexpected. Project managers are usually task and result driven but there are situations that sometimes challenges the skill set and competency of a project manager. When this occurs it requires a situation analysis vis-a-vis the goal of the project.
    In one of the cases mentioned, there was a need for continued business justification. For reason of a change in priority, a project had to be terminated. In this particular case of project termination, the sponsors due to change in priority decided to divert resources elsewhere after the take off of the project despite time, effort and commitment invested. Project termination could also be for technical reasons affecting the feasibility of the project. The project manager in either situation could not have acted differently as he or she is called to implement a plan to create a viable product. If the sponsor is no longer interested in sponsoring the project or the project cannot deliver on a viable product, it has to wind up prematurely.
    In the MTD water infrastructure case, it was clearly a case of clash of interests between two managers wanting to offer service and deliver result. The lesson in this case was the fact that when confronted with difficult decisions , all stakeholders must collaborate in seeking a way forward. There is need for engagement, communication and compromise to forge ahead.
    In handling difficult decision, there is need for problem analysis, collaborate with stake holders on the way forward, negotiation, consider all options, decide collaboratively, capture lessons and outputs from the resolution.

    On whether the project managers would act differently in another context, it depends on the peculiar circumstances of the different context. The words different context suggest a different set of circumstances. For sure the project managers have learnt lessons from this particular scenarios which they can take forward to other project settings. Project managers are constantly learning on the job and getting better as managers. Project dynamics differ from one project to another but new projects are always enriched by lessons learnt from previous projects.

  73. We are faced with one challenge or the other as individuals and as an organisation. These challenges vary from one project to another, hence there are need to function differently in resolving them.
    A manager could resolve his or her team challenge by constant communication while other comes through a written plan for deliberation, another maybe through criticism as the case may be. In dealing with difficult decisions as a project manager, positivity is highly required to be able to withstand dilemmas of handling technical issues and critical decisions. Seeking opinions from different parties especially when there is a language barrier between the manager and some team workers.
    There’s a great need to act differently in handling difficult decisions because we operate with different people with different barrier in communication, innovative ideas,values etc.
    DEALING WITH DIFFICULT DECISIONS
    CHINONYE DANIEL-UKAEGBU
    COHORT 15
    TEAM 3

  74. Onadeko Tofunmi Cohort 15 Team 8
    Dealing with difficult decisions requires a thoughtful and structured approach that balances ethical considerations, practical implications, and the interests of stakeholders. First, gather all relevant information and analyze the potential outcomes of each option. Consider the ethical principles involved, such as honesty, fairness, and respect for others’ rights. Engage with stakeholders to understand their perspectives and concerns. Weigh the pros and cons of each choice, taking into account both short-term and long-term consequences. Prioritize options that align with core values and ethical standards, while also considering feasibility and impact. Once a decision is made, communicate it clearly and transparently, explaining the rationale to those affected. Monitor the results of the decision and be open to adjustments if necessary.

    I think they will act differently in different context.

  75. These three team members consistently demonstrated strong work ethics, a deep understanding of their environment and project, and a commitment to delivering results despite challenges. By fully embracing the core principles and values of their project and organization, they effectively navigated and resolved difficulties encountered along the way. Their integration of work ethics, comprehensive project understanding, and dedication to achieving results, even in the face of obstacles, enabled them to find optimal solutions within the framework of their project and organization.

  76. These three experts expressed critical thinking before deciding and coming up with solutions to resolve the issues on the ground.

  77. Before making a decision as a PM,I believe this three expert will have think very well about and put some things into consideration especially for the first expert who terminate a project but as for the language barrier from the third expect I think hiring hiring a language translator will have be the best option for that

  78. These three team members exhibited strong work ethics, had a thorough understanding of their environment and project, and consistently delivered the necessary results despite facing challenges. They fully embraced the core principles and values of their project and organization, enabling them to effectively navigate and resolve any difficulties they encountered.

  79. If a project is to be discontinued as painful as it may seem based on effort and input from team and stakeholders. As a PM first a careful reviews of all the reasons for and against and coming up with the right approach and explanations for conciliation is necessary. I have seen projects being delayed for a month for safety reasons were lives with be greatly affected. So yes a project could be council if it will cause more harm to the environment and the eco-system,which in turn will impact on health and cost of the project

  80. In my point of view after watching the video, what is important to them in taking the decision they took was the flair to completing Projects. Considering time, resources, commitment and effort invested on the project.

  81. These three individuals took work ethics into account, understood their surroundings and the project they were working on perfectly, and made sure to deliver the required results despite any obstacles in their way. They were able to fully integrate the principles and values that underpin their project and organization, allowing them to find the best solution for whatever difficulty they find themselves in.

  82. From the video seen, the experiences of three experts who navigated difficult decisions in a project shed light on the critical factors in their decision-making processes. Each expert emphasized the significance of considering diverse viewpoints, gathering pertinent data, and assessing the potential risks and benefits prior to making a decision. These elements enabled them to navigate challenging scenarios and make well-informed choices aligned with their project objectives.

    Reflecting on whether these experts would act differently in a different context, it’s crucial to recognize that decision-making is influenced by the unique circumstances of each project. While the fundamental principles of information gathering and considering multiple perspectives remain constant, the specific context, stakeholders involved, and nature of the decision can vary significantly.

    In another context, these experts might adjust their decision-making approach based on factors like the urgency of the situation, resource availability, and stakeholder collaboration levels. They could adapt their strategies and processes to address the distinct challenges and opportunities posed by each project environment.

    Ultimately, the ability to flexibly apply sound decision-making principles is essential for navigating diverse project scenarios effectively. By learning from past experiences and remaining open to adjusting their approach, these experts can continue making informed decisions that contribute to project success, irrespective of the context.

  83. Dealing with difficult decisions requires a thoughtful and structured approach that balances ethical considerations, practical implications, and the interests of stakeholders. First, gather all relevant information and analyze the potential outcomes of each option. Consider the ethical principles involved, such as honesty, fairness, and respect for others’ rights. Engage with stakeholders to understand their perspectives and concerns. Weigh the pros and cons of each choice, taking into account both short-term and long-term consequences. Prioritize options that align with core values and ethical standards, while also considering feasibility and impact. Once a decision is made, communicate it clearly and transparently, explaining the rationale to those affected. Monitor the results of the decision and be open to adjustments if necessary.
    1. Before termination of project, one must weigh both the cost of continuing and canceling the project
    2. A way must be created to overcome the language barrier even if it requires to hire a translator.
    3. When the necessity is not available, the available becomes the necessity which have mostly help out in project management and completion.
    4. It’s not easy to bring back the interest of members who have lost interest in an ongoing project but it’s very important to find a way to make them have a rethink towards the completion of the project.

  84. From my observation they all had to seat with all the stakeholders to resolve the issues. The resulting dialog resulted in solutions. In another context they would still have had to dialog to result issues and make the tough decisions.

  85. It was important to all of them that the focus should be on achieving the goal while trying as much as possible to maintain cordiality and effectiveness. Even where the project has to be terminated, it is still critical to keep the goal in mind and constantly align decisions and solutions to problems with the project purpose in mind.
    In different situations I think they’d have acted in similar ways but the response would necessarily be tailored to the peculiarity of the situation.

  86. From my observation they all had to seat with all the stakeholders to resolve the issues. The resulting dialog resulted in solutions. In another context they would still have had to dialog to result issues and make the tough decisions.

  87. Considering what was said by the managers, what I observed was the word communication. Sometimes, there may be a need to compromise but as a Project manager, the cost must be counted in other to ensure that it is a win win for both parties and the project itself it full achieved.

  88. The decisions made by the three project managers depend on the goals of the project.

    According to the first project manager, the early termination of a project is the most difficult decision to make. This is because team members and stakeholders have invested significant effort in the project. The decision to terminate may be made if the project is significantly over budget or if the costs outweigh the potential benefits. Stakeholder expectations and project feasibility are also factors that may lead to early termination.

    In a different context, PMs may act differently based on the specific project, organizational priorities, and external factors.

    While the second project manager employed more team members to accelerate project progress when he was faced with resource constraints.

    In a different context, PMs may consider other alternative solutions, such as optimizing existing resources or adjusting project timelines, depending on the situation.

    The last project manager mentioned that the most difficult decision he ever took was due to language barriers, which can impact project progress.

    In a different context, PMs may prioritize language proficiency or explore technology-based communication tools.

    Ultimately, the decisions made by the project managers were dependent on the specific context, project goals, and available information. It is important to consider all relevant factors and adapt decision-making strategies accordingly.

  89. No doubt, every Project Manager will face one or two challenges in project and PMs must be ready to use diverse means in sorting them out. What was very important to the three experts that made them took the decision they took was the success of a project. Being successful in project plans and meeting the goal is the joy of every Project Manager. However, if there situations arises, PMs must count the cost, make concrete analysis to see if the project should continue or be cancelled. If a PM succeeded in counting the cost and continue the project, he has succeeded to add another badge to his feather and impact people with the project. If a PM succeeded in counting the cost and he realizes the project is not anywhere going to yield results and cancel the project early, he has also succeeded in diverting and avoiding the negativity the project can have on his organizations or beneficiary at large. Either ways, it’s a win win for a project manager

  90. No one would want to start a project and not complete it, and the beauty of being a PM is when you are able to deliver that which is committed into your hands. You will continue to be relevant as PM to degree which you provide solutions to complex problems. Their intention to deliver as PM propelled them to take the decision.
    And to answer if they would act differently in a different context, I will say yes! because they will have another set of stakeholder, client and possibly project team to deal with.. One of the PM explained how they had issue with with water and how it is being resolved. Two important steps he took is to gather people together for brainstorming and after which he was able to get contingency for the venue…. The case might not be the same in a different context.

  91. Before terminating a project as a PM you must weigh both the cost of continuing and canceling the project

  92. The experts wouldn’t have acted differently in another circumstance.

    Because individuals have different ways of thinking about how an issue should be solved, one can only agree with the views of other stakeholders, by comparing everyone’s opinions, and then go with the ones that best solve the issue.
    The organization also have their regulations on how things should go.

    So, just like one of the experts said, they had to collaborate.
    Collaborating with the organization and customers to resolve any issue that comes up is one of the keys to keeping the relationship between an organization and its customers.

  93. For the three managers, these things stand even as they encounter challenges as Managers
    Creating a balance by weighing the cost of continuation or termination of a project.
    Overcoming language barriers for effective communication and impartation.
    Sustaining members’ interest, as this could be hard to reclaim when lost. Creating engaging communication strategies that allow members to rethink their commitments and deepen their connection to the quality of service delivery.
    Considering the rights’ of team members and engaging them on their perspectives to get well-rounded and effective delivery.
    Being open to adjustments will allow team members to fully commit to the core values and overall service delivery of their projects.

  94. All of the managers encountered challenges, but their major propeller is the the success of the project which was their target. Individual approach to each challenges encountered is keen.

  95. According to the 3 experts that shared their difficulties, to me it’s the best thing they did to find a wayout…
    1. Before termination of project, one must weigh both the cost of continuing and canceling the project
    2. A way must be created to overcome the language barrier even if it requires to hire a translator.
    3. When the necessity is not available, the available becomes the necessity which have mostly help out in project management and completion.
    4. It’s not easy to bring back the interest of members who have lost interest in an ongoing project but it’s very important to find a way to make them have a rethink towards the completion of the project.

    In general, to complete a project many sacrifices are done as a project manager.

  96. Sometimes project scope may expand beyond the initial expectation. one challenge that arises from this is to decide if it still favors the goal of the project for the the work to continue. and if it were to continue what form of external input should be brought on board.

  97. Dealing with difficult decisions requires a thoughtful and structured approach that balances ethical considerations, practical implications, and the interests of stakeholders. First, gather all relevant information and analyze the potential outcomes of each option. Consider the ethical principles involved, such as honesty, fairness, and respect for others’ rights. Engage with stakeholders to understand their perspectives and concerns. Weigh the pros and cons of each choice, taking into account both short-term and long-term consequences. Prioritize options that align with core values and ethical standards, while also considering feasibility and impact. Once a decision is made, communicate it clearly and transparently, explaining the rationale to those affected. Monitor the results of the decision and be open to adjustments if necessary.

  98. Each project manager encounter challenges, but it’s their adaptability and flexibility that often spell the difference between success and failure. Despite facing difficult situations, they demonstrate resilience by shifting their focus from the problem at hand to crafting innovative solutions. By embracing change and adapting to unforeseen circumstances, they steer the project towards success, proving that obstacles are merely stepping stones on the path to achievement.

  99. The decision to make the project a success was their driving force and They were focused on the project goals even though They had their different approaches in solving difficult issues.

  100. In a different context, such as having more flexibility in resource management or access to alternative water sources, MTD might approach the situation differently.

    If MTD had access to alternative water sources or could arrange for temporary water supply solutions (like water trucks or onsite storage), they might explore these options to continue project activities without major interruptions.

    Improved water management practices, such as water recycling systems or efficient usage techniques, could help mitigate water supply challenges and support concurrent project activities.
    Depending on project priorities and contractual obligations, MTD might prioritize water-intensive tasks for one project over another or adjust project timelines to optimize resource utilization.

    The decision-making process would be influenced by the specific context, available resources, project timelines, contractual obligations, and stakeholder expectations.

    Flexibility, adaptability, and proactive risk management can guide project managers and organizations in navigating unexpected challenges when handling projects.

  101. Inability to state clearly project objectives and goals can lead to taking some difficult decision,such as termination of project. A good PM must get his/her plans ready, and clear enough to convince the client of success. No client will want to engage in fruitless venture. Once this is settled, difficult decision taken will always be for positive results of the ongoing project, such as re assigning of roles to each team members.

  102. What was important to the project managers in the video was:
    1. Focusing on the goal of the organization in accomplishing the given task
    2. Collaborating with the team and stakeholders in order to achieve the set goal.
    I believe every issue has its peculiarity and therefore requires different approaches in resolving it. Therefore, I would say that if they were face with a different situation they would have acted differently. However, focusing on the goal for each task and collaborating with the team and stakeholders is material to every situation.

  103. In the video the three professional project manager focused more on their goals which lead to the success of the project.

  104. The three experts where precisely focused on the organisational goals and prioritizing the goals of the organisation and being determine to achieve the goals no matter the odds made them successful. Also having clear communication with the team and involving stakeholders made it easier

  105. In overcoming all the difficult situations faced by the project managers as all three discussed, the most entailing thing was the project goal and even if faced with a more peculiar case this is the main objective of the project which is the successful completion of the project. At such stating clear project objectives and goals help project managers overcome difficult situations with reasonable ease.

  106. I noticed 3 important things about the 3 experts, the decision was the success of the project. They were focused on the project goals. They had their different approaches in solving difficult issues.

  107. In difficult situations where there’s no straightforward answer or decision, the project manager has to ensure that the guiding factor behind his/her choice/decision is the success of the project. In different circumstances, different choices would need to be made while still ensuring the success of the project.

  108. What was important for 3 experts in taking the decision was the success of the project. They were focused on the project goals. They had their different approaches in solving difficult issues. They were able to make the decision because of their transparency and clear communication with their teammates and stakeholders.
    If they were found in a different situation, they will act differently because not all problems are the same, so approach cannot be the same.

  109. I’ve learned from the three experienced Project Managers that a difficult decision often arises when there isn’t a straightforward, clear path forward. In such situations, there are multiple options available, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. However, as a Project Manager, it’s crucial to recognize that there’s always an alternative. Our primary objective is to deliver value within the designated timeframe or schedule, and navigating through these alternatives is a fundamental aspect of achieving that goal.

  110. As a project manager, circumstances towards a project could differ but identifying the right strategy to approach them is relevant.

  111. Basically, the ultimate goal of a project manager is to meet a success at the end, so each situation could probably have their own different way of sorting, and the PM’s ability to think like the teammates and the stakeholders could go a long way

  112. One of the things that was important for the Project managers was the positive outcome of what ever decision they had to take, either aborting a project they just started or finding an extra solution to an already existing one or having to come to terms in communication with the stakeholders despite the disparity in languages.

  113. The three experts all had different approaches to solving the difficult issues. And I think one of the general factors of the three is the ability to communicate with both their team mates and the stakeholders. As a project manager, we should be able to tackle difficult situations in a very calm way. Ability to compromise and be patient with team members is also essential. A project manager should also be honest, ensure you relay the reason for any change to both team members and stakeholders in clear term.

  114. The experts’ decisions were influenced by the specific project context, including constraints, objectives, and external factors. Depending on different contexts, such as available resources, deadlines, budget, and market conditions, their decision-making may vary to align with the unique circumstances at hand. Flexibility and adaptability are key traits in decision-making, allowing experts to navigate various contexts effectively

  115. Project managers have a unique approach in terms of decision-making. this depends on the current matter at hand. the three experts each had to make a difficult decision to continue or discontinue their projects. project manager should be open and communicate effectively to ensure the feedback collected can be of help in the next project.

  116. Circumstances and the nature of the project determine the action of the project manager. Many things affect the decisions taken by a project manager- financial resources, social, climatic factors as well as cultural factors. The ability to adapt to change,and if necessary, develop a contingency plan, makes a project manager capable of handling whatever challenge(s) faced at every point in time.
    Another factor to be considered is the response from the stakeholders to the changes observed in the execution of the project. Once the project manager informs the stakeholder (s) of the challenge(s), the response obtained will also determine the next course of action to be taken.

  117. These three experts all had different experiences that required them to act in different ways. As a project manager, the decisions you make on different projects will differ. A project manager should always be prepared to make decisions, even difficult ones, which would ultimately help them achieve the goal or goals of the project which is the most important. A project manager should be open to collaborations and compromise and also be able to be transparent and honest while communicating effectively.

  118. The main goal for each of them was achieving the main goal of the project which they did, despite the hurdles and setbacks. I think they would ascot the say way if in a different context, because like I said the main aim is to get the job done, have contingency plans ahead and making sure they are stated clearly and everyone understands.

  119. A project manager has to take decisions which is usually based on the issues or situations at a particular project at the time,the key is to be able to compromise and find the most favorable option for all the parties involved. it is also necessary to pull the plug on the project if that is the best route to take for all the stakeholders involved in the project.
    A project manager might have to act differently than they did in the past, that is because every project is different no matter how similar it may be, and also the priority level of the project at the time.

  120. They had to act differently because each of them has well-outlined specific goals they had to achieve, bearing in mind they are serving in different capacities, and the decisions each makes have an impact on the overall project goals. That is why teamwork and diversity come into play here.

    I think they all make the right decision as a project manager, which helps the team achieve success at the end of the project.

  121. Project managers act differently based on the situation on ground, every challenge is unique, the response to the challenge should be based on what’s to be done to achieve the set goal. It about carrying stakeholders along and managing resources effectively.

  122. The most important things is getting the project done safely and timely. Despite the issues or difficulties encountered, they all discussed, found solution and moved ahead

  123. Nobody want wish to terminate a project because you have wasted a lots of time but meeting with the team concerning a difficult deal and manage it is a good decision

  124. One thing that was important was the best way forward at ensuring the project continues and there is value delivered. The ability of a project manager to handle impediments is key which was what they did.

  125. What is important is ego be dropped when discussing to find solution to a situation.
    All parties involved must come to round table to discuss about the steps to take to find solution to the problem.
    The PM must come to the level of the team

  126. what was important for them in each situation was the project. They were all focused on the project goals and found solutions to problems that might hinder achieving this goals.
    if they were found in a different situation i think they will act differently because not all problems are the same so the approach cannot be the same.

  127. These experts faced a tough choice. They had clear goals, but it wasn’t easy to solve the problems. Nobody wants to end a project early, especially when others have put in a lot of effort. They tried to prevent setbacks with safety measures, but if those didn’t work, they had no choice but to stop the project.

    Now, to the question of whether they’d act differently in another situation, the answer is yes. There could be many reasons for terminating the project, like not enough resources, natural disasters, or even the sponsor’s decision. In a different situation, they might have made a different, better choice.

  128. These three expert have thought and goals laid out for them. In case of early termination project, it could not be easy because of the time, efforts, resources and manpower put into the project. Like she readily said, the termination also, resulted to positive and negative feedback. Also, on one point, they have to compromise. Language barrier is also put difficulties in decision making.

  129. What is more important to a PM is to always lead the mind of the team or stakeholders towards the goal as well as ensuring serene workspace. i.e ensuring that the team are in their good state of mind.

    Its also important to find a safe landing towards every decision as far as that decision would the compromise the core goal of the organisation/project.

  130. These three experts are on top of the discussions. They had their goals well planned for. they didn’t give up and one of them mentioned termination of a project, it is assumed that their was no other option for her to choose termination of project.

  131. On the issue of termination of contract, I think another route ought to have been taken. Actually, i do not know what led to the termination but if it is a default from the client, it could lead to litigation because the contractor must have purchased a bond, mobilise, etc except if the project was terminated at the planning level

  132. These experts are at the top of their discussion making ladders although hard and difficult to decide but will with the help of communication and transparency in achieving a common goal

  133. These experts were at the top of their decisions making ladder, although difficult yet engaging in communication and transparency in resolving their issues to attain organisation goals.

  134. These experts made the right decisions based on the situation at hand. They also did well in being transparent and communicating the current situation to their stakeholders. I also observed that in every project, free flow of communication is very important especially in international projects.

  135. The three were good in their decisions though difficult but Employing communication and transparency in resolving their issues to attain organisation goals.

  136. The experts had their goals well plans. Their challenges were tackled differently. Communication, effectiveness and willing to collaborate always with their team members is key.

    1. Terminating a project is one difficult decision for every project manager. The 3 PM’s acted differently based on their experience

  137. The three PMs acted differently and have their goals outlined in mind to achieve in their different projects. They have play with effective communication with all stakeholders to make a final decision.

  138. The three experts all very good at their jobs had moments where they were tested and from the video, they overcome. They communicated with their stakeholders, peers, clients and their team. Yes some of the decisions they made probably wasn’t to everyone’s liking but they understood it’s logical point of view.

  139. The experts had their goal intact and they didn’t let the distractions and challenges they had to tackle alongside got them Carried away
    So effective communication played a very good role here in achieving the success

    EZE JACINTA OGECHUKWU
    COHORT 14
    TEAM 4

  140. These experts did so well in the decision making process while dealing with difficult decisions.
    They had different goals per project plan as such, each expert required diverse skills ranging from communication ( the foundation; with or without language barrier) to empathy, collaboration, time management, risk management among others putting the pros and cons into consideration all to favour the success of the projects.

  141. The three experts differently and have their goals outlined and the most important is communication,they communicate to tackle the thing on ground.

    1. Dealing with difficult decision is one thing a project manager has to deal with but reflecting on the most important objective of the project is very important in other for them to achieve their goal.
      Also,clear and consistent communication with stakeholders should remain ethical while making decisions.
      The three project manager would react differently in different situation because each situation requires different approach.

  142. The three expert PMs acted differently and have their goals outlined in mind to achieve in their different projects.

  143. These experts did so well in the decision making process while dealing with difficult decisions.
    They had different goals per project plan as such, each expert required diverse skills ranging from communication ( the foundation; with or without language barrier) to empathy, collaboration, time management, risk management among others putting the pros and cons into consideration all to favour the success of the projects.

  144. They had to act differently because each of them has well-outlined specific goals they had to achieve, bearing in mind they are serving in different capacities, and the decisions each makes have an impact on the overall project goals. That is why teamwork and diversity come into play here.

  145. The best approach to resolve and take difficult decisions is to be transparent and ensure adherence to laid down rules and regulations. Additionally, a project manager must be seen to be leading by example.

  146. Time management was one of the difficulties faced by the first project manager this made me have a reflection of our previous module on proper planning in other to meet up on time in handling project.
    positivity in team work is of necessity once the team members are positive that a particular goal will be achieved all efforts will be put into achieving the goal .

  147. making the right decision as a project manager, helps the team achieve success at the end of the project.

  148. Looking at the decisions the three project managers had to take, you could say that they had no other choice.
    Having a viable project is more important than sticking to the initial plan or cost.
    Pulling the plug on a project has to be a very difficult decision especially when time and energy has gone into it. Nevertheless it was a right decision as the project my not be useful after completion.

  149. The capacity to communicate with teammates and stakeholders was crucial to their success, especially in the face of a situation that appeared difficult and demanding due to the intricacy of striking a balance between a number of competing interests, deadlines, resource limitations, and possible hazards.

  150. For the 3 project managers, several key factors were important:

    Clear Objectives: Understanding the project’s goals and objectives is crucial for making decisions that align with the project’s overall direction.

    Stakeholder Input: Considering the perspectives and needs of stakeholders helps ensure that decisions take into account diverse viewpoints and potential impacts.

    Risk Assessment: Evaluating potential risks and uncertainties allows project managers to anticipate challenges and make decisions that mitigate negative consequences.

    Data and Information: Basing decisions on accurate and relevant data enhances their effectiveness and reduces the likelihood of making decisions based on assumptions or incomplete information.

    Communication: Effective communication with team members, stakeholders, and other relevant parties is essential for conveying decisions, gathering input, and maintaining transparency throughout the decision-making process.

    Flexibility: Being adaptable and open to adjusting decisions as new information emerges or circumstances change enables project managers to respond effectively to unexpected challenges.

    Project managers may indeed act differently in different contexts due to factors such as the nature and complexity of the project, the organizational culture, the availability of resources, and external influences such as market conditions or regulatory requirements.

  151. Yes the three project manager expertises will of courses act differently
    1.Environment
    2. Stakeholders involved in the project
    3. The deadline
    4.funding etc
    Now these variables can effect there reasons and the way they act,
    Environment is a strong hold in a project hence it might effect the project negatively or positively thereby affecting the way they act or will react to it
    Stakeholders are another strong hold while carrying out a project, their decisions might affect the way the expertises react or handle the project
    Lastly funding, funding is another thing to consider when carrying out a project, this might also affect the way these experts reacts

  152. Having to terminate a project is actually a tough decision.
    Just like the narration of other project manager….
    Technical issues, higher priority jobs, challenges of venue
    My most painful reason to terminate a project was the indecision of the client.

    When we had to go back and forth foe reasons not worth it yet the client is not willing to make compensations.

  153. All 3 PMs would act differently in a different context because a lot of variables involved would have changed and need to be taken in to consideration. Variables like the project, the environment, the stakeholders involved, the different problems that might arise during the course of the project. These would require their responses and decisions to be tailored to the specific parameters surrounding that project.

  154. Dealing with difficulty decision.
    3 experts have described difficult decisions they had to take in one project. Now think about what was important for them in taking the decision the took.

    I think what was more important to the 3 project managers are the priority of the project, the goals of the project and achieving this goals within its set time and budget

    Would they have at differently in a different contexts and why

    I personally believe their decisions would be based on the uniqueness of the problem that they encounter when carrying out a project and they wouldn’t have acted differently seeing they all made compromises, coming up with different alternatives to deal with the issues and at the end of the said projects everyone was happy with the outcome.

  155. A Project Manager should be a proactive person so as to assuage situations that could turn messy and which could tarnish his integrity. So if nipping in the bud is the saviour for such, then it is advisable to go for it after considering both negative and positive sides well.
    Since this is not an act of cowardice, in different situations, these PMs would have taken different actions.

  156. I think, based on my understanding, decisions are made based on the circumstances at hand. And having listened to the three experts, they are much more concerned about project goals set before the project started, with a clear focus on the goals.

    They had to act differently because each of them has well-outlined specific goals they had to achieve, bearing in mind they are serving in different capacities, and the decisions each makes have an impact on the overall project goals. That is why teamwork and diversity come into play here.

  157. A Project Manager should be a proactive person so as to assuage situations that could turn messy and which could tarnish his integrity. So if nipping in the bud is the saviour for such, then it is advisable to go for it after considering both negative and positive sides well.
    Since this is not an act of cowardice, in different situations, these PMs would have taken different actions.

  158. Dealing with difficult decisions as a project manager involves carefully evaluating the situation, and considering various factors such as project constraints, contingencies, stakeholder interests, and ethical considerations. It requires effective communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills to explore alternatives, weigh the potential risks and benefits, and make informed decisions that align with project objectives and values. Additionally, seeking input from relevant stakeholders and seeking guidance from experienced mentors or subject matter experts can help navigate challenging situations and mitigate adverse impacts on the project.

  159. The of the PM expert mentioned there experiences and there are whole lots of lessons to learn from them The goal of a project manager is to ensure that the project is completed successfully, on time, and within budget. This involves a number of different tasks. It’s also important to communicate effectively with all stakeholders, and to resolve any issues that arise in a timely manner.

  160. The of the PM expert mentioned there experiences and there are whole lots of lessons to learn from them The goal of a project manager is to ensure that the project is completed successfully, on time, and within budget. This involves a number of different tasks. It’s also important to communicate effectively with all stakeholders, and to resolve any issues that arise in a timely manner.

  161. The three professional PM made me realize that to tackle a difficult decision as a PM is not to dwell on the decision but to get another alternative to get the project done. Making inquiries and getting more information can help you settle some decisions that are very difficult to make

  162. Listening to the three project manager sharing their experience has been enlightening and also shows that situations may arise when difficult decisions must be made by a project manager in the cause of a project but what really matters is your approach to decision making.
    Here we see that though the context were different being transparent and communication skills came in handy in bringing about solution.
    We also see collaboration in play and the focus on the overall goal of the project, going back to the drawing board to remind stakeholders, and clients on the actual goal of the project and explaining in honesty the situation and why certain decisions must be made while allowing them go be part of the decision process in the sense that they all get an understanding as to why this decisions are important the pros and cons .

  163. From the three difficult situations experienced by the project managers, I can say that what stood out was the ability to make decisions without sentiments and to take actions that were going to be of benefit to the entire company. Also, making inquiries and seeking more information and guidance on how to handle the situation will not be out of place.

  164. Itodo Jennifer Ezinne

    Each of these project managers mentioned their respective difficulties they encountered during a project, what was important for them was the communication between stakeholders, the team and themselves as a project manager and to derive a solution and give feedback to all people /parties involved in the project.
    These approaches remain applicable in addressing issues even within a different context, nevertheless, all other approaches that align with the given context should be considered and implemented.

  165. Each of these project managers mentioned their respective difficulties they encountered during a project, what was important for them was the communication between stakeholders, the team and themselves as a project manager and to derive a solution and give feedback to all people /parties involved in the project.
    These approaches remain applicable in addressing issues even within a different context, nevertheless, all other approaches that align with the given context should be considered and implemented.

  166. Each of these expert mentioned their respective difficulties they encountered during the project. What was important for them was the communication between the stakeholders, the team and themselves as the project manager and to derive a solution and give feedback to all people /parties involved in the project.
    The situation at hand will help us know how to tackle such situation, for the woman, it was the decision to terminate the project early, maybe as result of some factors or that there’s an higher project at hand that won’t make the current project to be feasible.
    Language barrier is another aspect that need to be tackled when handling international project.
    I believe the decision they will act on will be unique to the problem that they encounter in carrying out the project. Also as project managers, they need to be calm in face of difficult situations.

  167. Each of the experts addressed the respective difficulty encountered in the course of the project as deemed suitable given the context of the situation. Two major similarities in their approach to dealing with the respective situations was effective communication with the parties involved in the execution of the project as well as ensuring that the goal for which the project was initiated is achieved. These approaches remain applicable in addressing issues even within a different context, nonetheless, all other approaches that align with the given context should be considered and implemented.

  168. The goal of the project should always be considered at all stages of its execution, and where there are tough decisions to be made due to difficulties encountered, some form of flexibility should be deployed.

  169. The decision-makers weighed various factors such as project goals, team capabilities, client expectations, budget constraints, and long-term project outcomes. Their decisions were influenced by the specific context of the project, including timelines, resources, and stakeholder priorities. In different contexts with altered parameters, they might indeed act differently to align with the new circumstances and priorities.

  170. Most of the time dealing with difficult people is difficult more so, when they are aggrieved. She did well in calming the different parties and having them focus on the goal
    In the remote remote work set up, language is a very big challenge and it’s always important to manage communication with diverse group of people.

  171. When a vital project team member beings to give issues which might affect the goals of the project.
    As a project manager at the moment you know option than to discharge such a member, if it is what it might cost to ensure that the project goals are meet.

  172. The context in which decisions are made has a profound impact on organizational behavior. While prioritizing innovation and cultural transformation in the current context, different circumstances could prompt alternative decisions shaped by varying priorities, risks, and constraints.

  173. This situation clearly says that as a project manager, you are there to solve problems not matter how complex they appear except you have tried all available options and it’s not yielding result is when you’ll have to take the difficult decision of pulling out on the job also clearly stating your reasons with stakeholders so they understand with you or help find a way around it.

  174. Different challenges come to play during projects but the way we handle it matters a lot. Communicating with the team members is very key at this point There should be room for adjustment in any project development. Which means a project manager should be able to compromise and also find ways to make the project successful inspite of whatever challenges encountered during the project.

  175. Even in situations that requires compromise, the project manager should focus more on the success of a project. Also, when the trust a project manager has built over time with stakeholders and sponsors of the project will make it easy to communicate better on the project at hand,

  176. *Dealing with difficult decisions -Discussion*
    Project manager need to be able to compromise. Their set goal at all times should find a way to go ahead with the project at hand irrespective of the challenges faced with while on the project. It is not always easy for a project manager to terminate a the ongoing project as a lot of efforts has been invested. For instance, when you get stocked up in a project rather than terminating it, you have to diversify means of solving it, like the expect that brought water to the event center by paying for the contingencies which now served as a legacy.

  177. As a project manager, there are situations which requires compromise.
    The project managers at different times experienced the ups and down aspect of managing a project. But they focused more on the success of the project. They made sure, the team members and stakeholders were able to put resources and efforts together to achieve their objectives.

  178. Our approach most times to difficult/unforseen situations matters, all the managers had different situations at hand but their approach were topnotch, certain challenges needs an immediate response while there are some that a manager has to call on his team, where they discuss and agree on what to do to attend to the challenges.

  179. Seldom do we get to work on a project where we get everything we want, and everyone agrees on the work. Most of the time leading a project involves several conversations and compromises. Sometimes the key stakeholders will want the impossible. Other times they may be shooting too low. If you have built a good relationship, it becomes easier to have open honest conversations with your stakeholders. They’ll listen to your opinion and allow for flexibility in meeting the project goals.

    For most of us, the project sponsor is the senior business leader who has invested in your project. Oftentimes project leaders will think of the sponsor as “the person with the checkbook” and treat them as such. With this approach, one can unintentionally assume that the sponsor only wants to hear about what’s going well. I’ve seen more than one project manager hide challenges and try to resolve them on their own just to keep the sponsor happy. A good project manager may operate this way for years and do just fine. However, moving from good to great takes a different approach.

    To help your projects go great, leverage the three concepts (trust, communication, and understanding) to build a better relationship with your sponsors. Share what goes well and what doesn’t. Sponsors will oftentimes have the relationships in an organization to “pull some strings” and help remove any obstacles in the way of your project.

  180. I believe what was important for them in the decision they took were as follows:
    1. the cons of continuing a project out weighed the pros and this had to be communicated clearly to all the stakeholders involved to get their buy in
    2. When faced with the challenge of looming failure with a project it was necessary to reach a compromise in finding a solution and the willingness to take on extra costs just for the project to achieve its objective
    3. the need for collaboration was a motivation to overcome the language barrier.
    They would act differently in a different context because different situations calls for different actions but I believe they would still have acted in line with their values.

  181. They all did what they thought was best at that point in time. Especially that of communication barrier.. communication covers over 80% percent of project management as a profession and there is no way you could function as a project manager without an effective communication. So I think the best way to handle that is either to get an interpreter or terminate the project

  182. No.they wouldn’t act differently in different context because they were acting according to the values of their profession.

  183. Dealing with difficult decisions – Discussion
    1. The difficult decision made by Cathy Shaw was the decision to terminate a project early.
    2. The Difficult decision made by Emanuele Colomella was that of Language having to work with an intenational company
    3. The difficult decision for Bill Wooten was the sporting event continuing as scheduled after knowing the issue of water supply

  184. In dealing with difficult situations, project managers must allow for flexibility in handling issues. Dogmatic leaders tend to make great mistakes on a project.

    Relationship with customers, colleagues and stakeholders generally is very important and some good compromises must be allowed as long as it does not nullify their ethics.

  185. The gains of every project are different, when challenges occur, you think of all cost, think of all stakeholders interests and the best alternative considering all alternatives forgone. This will help make informed decision.

  186. Involving every member of the project will bring out the best for the project because everyone will bring his idea for the betterment of the job, also having good communication skills helps in handling difficult situation

  187. I think terminating a project while still in process will have effects on the project team because they’ve left other things to engage the project. Not forgetting the client because i know there should be a good reason terminating the project.

  188. As to the termination before a project was fully delivered, I believe the decisions of the stakeholder- particularly the sponsor – was considered. Since there is aboslute inclusiveness, I believe the entire team has been clearly engaged and would feel less discouragement during the termination.

  189. They considered the alternative foregone if the project will have to stay or be terminated and weighed the pros and cons, clearly spelt it out to their teams for easy disengagement.
    Negotiation skills come in heavy in these scenarios so that all parties go back satisfied no matter the outcome.
    I think they may have acted differently in a different context because different situations call for different approaches.

  190. What was important for them in taking the decision they took was;
    1. The ability to dictate how to handle the problem and taking critical decision to achieve goal without being discourage.
    2. Ability to accept extra cost in expense of failure. If goal will be achieved but still within budget, then it’s a step worth taking.
    3. The thought of collaboration was very key. That gave and alternative venue and also intermediator in communication.

    Yes they will act differently in different context.
    Reason been that. Every context has its own challenges and must have different approach. Because same issue in different context may demand different approach reason been that people, culture, values and many more ethics varies with context.

  191. Communicating decisions clearly to your team, understanding project goals and the people involved is key.

  192. It might be quite challenging to make a difficult decision on the project you are managing buh I guess it’s for the best if it will be the best option of both the project and the individual. The three individuals handle the situation well. There wouldn’t have been a better way

  193. While it may be challenging to make difficult decisions in a project, it’s necessary for effective project management. I believe that all three project managers acted appropriately in the situation. When having to end a project before it is delivered, the ability to collaborate, communicate, and view things in a positive light comes into play. Bringing all team members and stakeholders along is essential when managing a project, just like the first project manager did by sharing the concerns and then working together to find a solution to the water source issue.

  194. To me, I picked one important point, which is communication. For every step they always make sure they communicate and they issues are kinds similar but resolution method differs.

  195. When facing challenges or issues that might lead to conflict or project termination, its best to try and communicate, try easing the whole situation, identifying minor issues, listening to each members of the team to avoid partial judgments and also the project manager should show leadership qualities which would help put back everyone and the project back on track.

  196. When facing conflict leading to potential project termination, the project manager should apply strong mediation and conflict resolution skills. This involves active listening, fostering open communication among team members, identifying underlying issues, negotiating compromises, and seeking win-win solutions. Additionally, the manager should demonstrate leadership, empathy, and adaptability to navigate through the conflict and steer the project back on track.

  197. The three managers faced difficult decisions ranging from early termination of project, conflicting or opposition projects or organization, and language barrier.
    I making decisions the three of them had to consider their projects, team and their sponsors hence, had to go back to negotiations table/ communication table to find a common ground they all found common grounds (compromise) while considering their projects goals which let to them living a remarkable impacts with amicable resolutions.

  198. In order to successfully deliver a project, communication is necessary and what help the expert to deliver well is they communicate promptly, when you get stocked up in a project rather than terminating it, you have to diversify means of solving it, like the expect that brought water to the event center.

  199. Communication is the key because without them concluding on a project to Carry out, it will be very difficult to finish.
    Because it helps to have the total knowledge about the project and the kind of clients you are working with.

  200. In my opinion the three project managers acted well in responses to their various difficulty experienced in various tasks.

  201. 1. The important consideration for Cathy Shaw was the viability of the project. When she encountered lack of trust in the team, she reminded them of why the project was important and they were able to proceed. She would have acted differently if the issues were technical in nature and the project would have become less viable in view of technological advancements. She would rather have terminated the project.
    2. The important consideration to Emanuele Colomella was the fact that it was an international project involving stakeholders from different countries and his ability to consistently communicate with all of them was what made the project continue. He might have acted differently if there was no language barrier among the stakeholders.
    3. The important consideration for Bill Wooten was the sporting event continuing as scheduled. He negotiated a mutually beneficial outcome and gave a concession in a contingency plan for the venue, although this caused the project to overshoot it’s budget. I do believe that if there were other cheaper options for getting water to the venue, he would have taken it, or if the water had been highlighted as a major consideration at the time of venue selection, another venue might have been chosen for the sporting event.

  202. The 3 experts understood that what was more important was delivering the project in good condition and on time.

    Also, they knew that there would be setbacks but one thing to have in mind is to remember the goals and for them to be transparent.

    Communication is a major priority and for everyone to be on the same page it has to be properly communicated so that at the end of the day there is a mutual understanding.

  203. Every project comes with its own challenges.

    Communication is the key to solving all problems, communication plays an important role. When there’s an effective communication between project managers, stakeholder and every other person involve in the project, some problems get solved even before they arise because solution measures will be available.

  204. What was important to them was getting the project delivered well and on time.
    But most importantly know all that a project entails before embarking on it, communicate and deliberate on confusing issues with stakeholders and team members, ask questions for clarity anywhere you’re confused.

  205. In my opinion, the 3 experts handled the situations excellently well. One key thing I understood from this is that communication remains the most important skill of a Project Manager. The ability to understand a project goal and the people involved in it, and also be able to communicate and manage them effectively can not be over emphasized.

  206. I believe the 3 experts have the understanding of the project at hand so as to work together without any issue, communication is the key because without them concluding on a particular things the work will be difficult to carry out. As a project manager, communicating with the team members is very essential to attain great achievement.

  207. Having background information about a project one want to embark on is very imperative, and proper communication with team members is another thing to consider before commencement of any project.

    UBONG EKANEM

  208. It is very crucial and necessary to have a full knowledge of the project you want to carry out before starting it because it will help in making the appropriate decisions for the project. And also a project manager should always communicate with the team members when necessary.

  209. It is necessary to have a full knowledge about the project and environment before starting a project.
    During difficult situations, staying focus is a factor that will really help in scaling through while effective communication with team can also be use to solve difficulties

  210. It is important to have a background information when working with some group of people, this will help to understand some of the reason for their decision or reactions. It is also important to stay focus in achieving a project goals and sometime you have to go extra miles as a project manager to leave behind a good reputation. Effective communication is important when dealing with divers people.

    Adeyemi Adedokun

  211. In handling or dealing with difficult situation, project manager need to look very carefully at that situation, so as not to make wrong decision that will affect every stake HOlDERS. In order to make proper and right decisions project managers must master communication skills, that is letting evey stakeholders know the reasons for such decisions….
    Communication in the context of project management can not be over emphasis, because it is very vital…

  212. Effects and impacts of communication can not be over-emphasized as it has been from the beginning of the this training, and as portrayed in the video.Which means as a project manager, effective communication should be as important as air to ensure sustenance of business

  213. Thank you DEXA for bringing this awesome opportunity to us ,from the three instances listed above ,in each context ,they handled the situations very well ,like it should be handled . Learning a particular language to ease communication,that is a very good way to go.

  214. As a project manager effective communication is crucial in making the project a success with your team members also.
    Understanding the task at hand and executing them appropriately being honest and transparent.

  215. As a PM, having thorough understanding of the situation at hand and good communication as a vital role, adding with transparency is a key role to handling resources and human in your team.

  216. Communication is the key and vital role which acted like the centre pillar for every project manager. Honesty and transparency must not be excluded as you carry your project team alongside the stakeholders during the project exercise. ~Julius

  217. In dealing with difficult decisions ,PM must have a thorough understanding of the situation on ground and also communication is key and is power of managing projects, managing human being and resources.

    1. The three project managers had difficult challenges as regards to communication barrier, termination of project, technical issues, unavailability of resources and communicating this with the stakeholders and team members would go a long way to resolve the issue on ground. This shows professionalism and transparency. Every project comes with its own challenges and communication plays an important role.

  218. What was important to them as a project manager was communication. The first PM had to communicate effectively with the workers to ease the anger. The second PM had to discuss with the clients to see how the difficulty on the ground could be solved and concluded.

    Yes, they would have acted differently in a different context if they were probably sales representative or human resource manager

  219. The three expert project managers were all serious in the project, despite everyone’s challenge in the project such in regard to resources available, technical issues and communication barriers. They kept moving on until they had fruitful discussions with different stakeholders involved in the project. That shows how professional project managers might prioritise the organisation goals rather than considering personal feelings in the decision making process. The PM have to adapt themselves to the difficulties they encounter, and seek a win-win solution every time.

  220. What was important to them as a project manager was communication. Thr first Pm had to communicate effectively with the workers so as to ease the anger come to a conclusion. The second PM had to discuss with the clients to see how the difficulty on ground can be solved and concluded.

    Yes, they would have acted differently in a different context if they are probably sales representative or human resource manager

  221. The most important thing for me here is effective communication. If they had communicated to their clients, they would have done things differently

  222. In terminating a project early than the anticipated time, the PM needed to have brought all stakeholders onboard to align and get their feedback.

  223. PM should act in a way they contribute to the success of their project to show commitment to the job and leadership

  224. How could this be mitigated?

    Project managers could work alongside the team to show their own willingness to work overtime and during festivities.
    Making additional services and facilities available for team members with families who may appreciate arrangements such as babysitting and transport services to make up for longer working hours.
    Awarding additional days off at the end of the project, as compensation for the demanding commitments of the project.

  225. Understanding is key . Understanding the stakeholders and their needs and also the decision they are making or have made in respect to the project at hand during difficult situations also ability to communicate effectively to other key players

  226. When navigating challenging discussions, prioritizing communication with all cross-functional team members is essential.

  227. For terminating a project early ;the project manager in consultation with the donor and the project team can look for local community based organizations that have the capacity of taking over the implementation and use the available funding in building the capacity of the very local based organizations.
    For inability to deliver;the organization should hold a standard of 75% capacity to the party given the responsibility to deliver a particular service and conduct a pre-visit to conduct an audit of the capacity to deliver

  228. For the project managers, I believe what was important for them in taking those decisions was if after all is said and done, is if everything is still aligned to the project goal that was set at the start.
    Options to either continue a project, terminate or change course must be clearly set out to enable all stakeholders deliberate before a decision will be made and communication is key for this to happen.
    And yes, the project managers could have acted differently in different scenarios because each situation is unique and will need different skills, methods and techniques to handle it.

  229. Basically in any PM setting, open communication with all stakeholder is very key. Its the responsibility of the P. Manager to set the tone at the onset of the Project in this regard. Thereafter outlining in very clear terms the purpose and the deliverables of the project is essential. Once the project objective is clear then working in concert towards the common goal is half solved. Along the line in case project variation arises bringing disagreement on its trail, its easier to navigate the terrain by reaching out to the initial project goal ( the project road map) for fine tuning, adjustment or amendment so long conviviality of communication, respect and trust reign.

    1. In the terminating of any project, the PM firstly should have communicated with the specialist team members, community representatives and one else who knows and understands the effect of the challenge(s) before the PM communicates with the client relating the challenges and the reason(s) why the project termination is the best solution.

  230. At all time, in handling difficulties in different scenarios, the key factor should be “understanding” the difficulties on ground and possible ways to fix them. Understanding would give room to a better report to the necessary members of the team. The focal point for me would just be, in writing or verbally, always communicate with understanding, listen to understand and always make sure you understand and also, you’re being understood.

  231. Understanding is key in dealing with difficult situations. Seek to understand the stakeholders involved and the reason for the decisions they made or are making. This would enable you to deal well with the outcomes.

  232. Before making a decision, gather as much relevant information as possible. This may involve consulting team members, stakeholders, subject matter experts, and relevant documentation to fully understand the situation. For instance, a project may have reduced priority and resources may need to be deployed elsewhere or maybe prevailing events may have made the project no longer feasible. Whichever way pulling the plug on a project tough call.

  233. My humble opinion is that in a different situation the difficult decision that well
    Managed by the three experts would have met with a different approach or response if they lack project management skills to handle such situation

  234. When navigating challenging discussions, prioritizing communication with all cross-functional team members is essential. Emphasizing the benefits over the drawbacks while aligning with the project’s overarching goals fosters a constructive approach to problem-solving.

  235. I think that having engaged in robust and effective communication with stakeholders, canceling a project might tend to be the very last option. However, having a plan B from the very start of the project seems to be an alternative lifesaver to canceling the project that has been commenced.

  236. Cancelling a project could be a difficult decision to make, taking into consideration the resources already expended on the project. That said, if the goal of the project is not met, the project could be cancelled. As a project manager, you will need to properly engage and communicate clearly with the team members’ reasons behind every decision made. Of course, as with every aspect of human endeavours, there could be vital lessons where the team members can learn and used to improve the processes in future projects.
    Proactive engagement and collaboration with stakeholders could be helpful when dealing with difficult decisions during project execution. Such engagements will bring everyone on board so that there will be no surprises when difficult decisions are made.

  237. Listening to the experts, I understand that having a honest and transparent conversation with the stakeholders is the right thing to do.

    Communicating effectively and efficiently with your team and stakeholders
    Building integrity and having honest relationships with stakeholders
    Being receptive and adaptable to change.

    Also, don’t let your ego bring you down as humility is vital

  238. The key point that helped them was ability to communicate with stakeholders and Teammates, even when the situation looked daunting and challenging due to the complexity of balancing various factors such as stakeholder interests, resource constraints, timelines, and potential risks.

  239. Listening to this, I can boldly say that making decisions is challenging due to the complexity of balancing various factors such as stakeholder interests, resource constraints, timelines, and potential risks. Each decision carries significant implications for project outcomes, making the process inherently difficult and requiring careful consideration to mitigate potential consequences and ensure project success.

  240. Making tough decisions

    It’s difficult to oversee a project manager. Managing people and situations that are challenging is part of this. In a challenging scenario, every project manager has to make important choices. While viewing things from various angles, different actions should be done. Nonetheless, in order to achieve a shared understanding, project team managers ought to work together with project stakeholders.

  241. In a project life cycle, there are times when PMs are faced with the task of dealing with difficult decision making. PM should always collaborate with all stakeholders and teams involved in that project , this can be made possible through effective and concise communication, the decision made together will bring a level of satisfaction to all the parties involved.

  242. Decisions to terminate projectsbare quite good since they were able to properly solutions for those terminations.
    Their solutions was also alright with the sponsors that’s why they were able to move on despite the extra costs that was incurred.

  243. This 3 people put the ethics of their work into consideration and had a perfect understanding of their environment as well as the perfect understanding of the project they had to face and they ensured to deliver appropriately regardless of the surrounding challenges. They had been able to imbibe the values and morals guiding their organization and project which enables them to find a perfect way out of the circumstances or situations they find themselves.

  244. The decision to terminate a project prematurely, while potentially disappointing, does not equate to wasted knowledge. As a project manager, it is essential to use effective knowledge management processes, ensuring that skills, tools, and techniques are not lost in the realm of knowledge. The decision to terminate a project early is carefully evaluated, taking into account various factors such as project objectives, schedule baseline, scope baseline, and more.

    Flexibility and willingness to compromise are crucial traits for a project manager, especially when it comes to appeasing disgruntled stakeholders. However, it is important to maintain a focus on meeting project objectives. Communication channels and style play a vital role in project success, and it is the duty of the project manager to find effective solutions and navigate these aspects accordingly.

  245. Larry Ganrekeme Ayapaye
    Cohort 13
    Team 8
    Module 2 lesson 19
    However, the decision a project manager would take depends on the circumstances surrounding the project.
    For instance, a project manager cannot continue with a project which its sponsors have pulled out of. Of course the project belongs to the sponsor who also is funding it and when the sponsor decides not to continue, the PM would have no choice but the end the project.
    Dealing with difficult and uncomfortable situation is one of the things a project manager should be prepared handle and in some cases you have to come to a compromise, you may have to decide to terminate a project early after weighing the pros and cons of continuing the project.

  246. Project management like other professions has its ups and downs. It calls on the project manager to determine how to handle such difficult situations.

    Decision whether difficult or simple should be communicated before or after the stakeholders

  247. making difficult decisions have always been some of the key roles of a project manager. also prioritization of resources and also effective communications with the project team and the stakeholders would ensure a quick solutions to whatever blocks comes up along the project. these attributes were well demonstrated by the Project managers in the video

  248. This 3 people put the ethics of their work into consideration and had a perfect understanding of their environment as well as the perfect understanding of the project they had to face and they ensured to deliver appropriately regardless of the surrounding challenges. They had been able to imbibe the values and morals guiding their organization and project which enables them to find a perfect way out of the circumstances or situations they find themselves.

  249. Like every endeavor in life faces challenges, project management is not insulated from its own ups and downs. It calls on the project manager to determine how to handle such difficult situations. The decision-making and analytical skill of the manager will be critical at this start whether to continue a project or to pull the plug.
    Complex and ambiguous challenges faced during a project process can make difficult to judge if a manager makes the right decision as such situations are unique and particular. such decisions are made on the go after considering all the facts. Every difficult challenge will require its own unique solution as dimmed fit by the project manager in the saddle.

  250. These project managers are skilled in decision making, and this was the most relevant factor needed to mitigate difficult and unexpected situations.

  251. Each and every project comes with difficulties and challenges. This is when communication and decision making is very important. Channel of communication has to be opened. Team members should have clear idea and able to communicate whatever they are encountering during the project, here the problem and difficulties would be know then decision on the solution has to be made. Project manager has to be bold on his making of decision for the sake of meeting the objectives of the project. Some decisions are always hard to be made but it must be. Nothing is important than the project. Even if the best decision is to stop the project for a while, it has to be done.

  252. Just as we face face difficulties in our day to day activities, so is it with handling Projects as a Project Manager.
    A Project Manager is saddled, faced with difficult, yet painful decisions that could help in taking final decisions.
    A Project Manager could be forced take the following difficult decisions;

    *To terminate a project if demand is equal to resource or Resource persons. But first off, Options to continue or terminate a project should be given consideration by putting them side by side and weighing them.

    *Prioritization due to evolving times in the process mechanism and technology might impact on having to make difficult considerations and conclusions.

    *Analysis of if the skills set and tools are still applicable to the present ones or has any relevance in being applied.
    I believe there are other ways these difficulties can be addressed and basically, I believe Resource smoothing should be used to preserve the project deadline only that extra costs will be incurred.

  253. Just as we face face difficulties in our day to day activities, so is it with handling Projects as a Project Manager.
    A Project Manager is saddled, faced with difficult, yet painful decisions that could help in taking final decisions.
    A Project Manager could be forced take the following difficult decisions;

    *To terminate a project if demand is equal to resource or Resource persons. But first off, Options to continue or terminate a project should be given consideration by putting them side by side and weighing them.

    *Prioritization due to evolving times in the process mechanism and technology might impact on having to make difficult considerations and conclusions.

    *Analysis of if the skills set and tools are still applicable to the present ones or has any relevance in being applied.
    I believe there are other ways these difficulties can be addressed and basically, I believe Resource smoothing should be used to preserve the project deadline only that extra costs will be incurred.

  254. Every project has its ups and down and as such sometimes a project manager may experience challenges but in the midst of those challenges, tough decision must be made and so, the project manager should communicate and collaborate with the team in a positive and calm way

  255. Every project is unique so challenges would be different .the project managers in the previous video would have acted differently though it will still be within the ethical values of the organization.

  256. Reflecting on the most important objective of the Project
    Clear and consistent communication with stakeholders
    Remaining ethical while making decisions

  257. As project manager in a construction space, Decision making whether its difficult or simple should be communicated to before or after to the stakeholders .
    Any decision we are making should have human face in it i.e our environment.

  258. Effective communication is important in project management. One thing I noticed from one of the speakers is the ability to maintain a tone that is encouraging and positive.
    As a project manager, you should be able to make your client see the vision of the project as well as identify any roadblocks and explore all possible solutions, and this can only be achieved through effective communications with your team and clients.

  259. From the lesson I’ve learned that as a project manager, there are sometimes we will have to make some difficult decisions. What is important in making a difficult decision is communication.
    The decision is not to be taken alone, the team and stakeholders have to be carried along and the decisions can then be taken after communicating with them.
    When making the decision, the goal of the project too must be considered and should not be left out.
    In a different context, I feel they would have acted differently because as they say “different stroke for different folks” decisions should align with the goals most importantly.

  260. Considering the three project managers, communication emerged as a pivotal factor for them. Effective communication fosters problem-solving within the project team. When challenges arise, project managers and team members can engage in collaborative discussions and brainstorming sessions to explore solutions. Open channels of communication also promote the exchange of lessons learned, facilitating process improvement and the prevention of recurring issues. In varying contexts, project managers may approach difficult decision-making in distinct ways, influenced by factors such as project complexity, urgency, stakeholder dynamics, organizational culture, and personal leadership style. effective decision-making in project management consistently hinges on a blend of critical thinking, collaboration, adaptability, and ethical consideration, crucial for overcoming obstacles and achieving project objectives.

  261. Project managers often have to make difficult decisions and must find a balance that is guided by ethics and values. Moreover, upholding the objectives and communicating effectively with the Stakeholders are prerequisites for making difficult decisions.

  262. Keeping an eye on what the most important objective is or the reason why decisions are made or will be made makes the difficult decision worth making.
    However, a firm but clear relay of information to all the stakeholders needs to be made by the project manager

  263. Dealing with difficult decision in project is bound to making especially when making a project so the best way to deal with is by gathering relevant information and data.Find the solution to the problem, also can consult the team member,make decision and implement the decision to deal with the problem

  264. Challenges can come in different forms when managing projects-either from within or from external factors.
    The most important thing is the ability of a project manager to differentiate where the problem is coming from, lay all cards on the table , communicate clearly the pros and cons of the project, and come to a definitive conclusion with everyone leaving satisfied.

  265. Adesola loveth
    Cohort 13 Team2
    I think the key point that helped them was ability to communicate with stakeholders and Teammates, even when the situation looked daunting.
    They were able to deal with the difficulties that came along with the disagreements among stakeholders.
    One thing I learnt from one of the speakers is ability to place priority on projects so as to identify which is to be set below or dissolved totally.

  266. They considered the goals and objectives, as well as the team involved, knowing how to communicate withe them appropriately and clearly.

  267. what was important for them is the organization goal, stakeholders in involved in the project as well as the project itself, They would definitely act differently in a different context Different project require different approach. Project managers are skilled with understanding the project at hand, effective planning, the ability to navigate through issues and challenges in projects in order to achieve the best result.

    1. As project manager in a construction space, Decision making whether its difficult or simple should be communicated to before or after to the stakeholders .
      Any decision we are making should have human face in it i.e our environment.

  268. The company goal is the 3 experts’ focal point in making the decision. The company goal and vision drive their decisions and when it comes to different contexts, their decision will still be driven by the goal and vision of the company.

  269. For me I think what helped the first PMs was their willingness to compromise and strike common ground with other stakeholders. Being able to compromise is a very rare skill especially when people from diverse backgrounds and groups are involved reason being that most humans are very keen towards feeding their egos especially when it involves significant projects. And with regards to the last PM with language barrier I think what could have helped him to take decisions was his focus on the projects because either way the project has to be done also I think maintaining a friendly approach could have contributed to success in such situations.

    If they were to be in different situations or circumstances I believe they would have taken more linear approach that wouldn’t warrant much or compromise or learning different or difficult languages because it would help streamline the process of project execution.

  270. Mfon Brendan
    Cohort 13
    Team 9

    Dealing with difficult situations

    Each of the PmS as seen in the video dealt with unique issues like;
    having to terminate a project mid-way
    Setting up a venue
    Language challenge in communication
    Teams who were angry and frustrated about past issues.
    But in all these three cases one way that helped them deal with the situations which was common for all three PMs was proper communication.

    What was important for each of them was peculiar to each PM, for 1
    It was important to make the team see that there was a greater option in canceling the ongoing project, to focus on the skills and knowledge gained during the process.

    To another PM it was important to add value and bring people together even though they were from different countries.
    In handling difficult situations it is important to take people back to their goals, encourage the parties involved to leave the baggage out the door,
    As a PM it is also important to be ready to collaborate with the different parties to ensure that their goals or needs are achieved which is the ultimate aim, in doing this you must be open and transparent

  271. Dealing with difficult decision requires skills and a lot of tolerance especially internal decision.
    That decision to terminate a project will be due unable to keep up with timeline with few equipment, resources.
    They acted differently to all problems because all problems have specific and designed solution.

  272. A key factor that drove their decision is communication. That’s about 80% of all the requirements in Project Management.

    They all had their customers in mind and worked harder to find solutions to all the challenges they encountered in the course of satisfying them.

    So, with a customer-satisfaction and solutions-based mindset, it was easy to move mountains, make compromises and galvanize the support of all stakeholders, through effective communication, towards solving the problems and getting the projects done.

  273. Each project comes with its uniqueness and it difficulties. Time and manpower also has a way of affecting a project also

  274. Dealing with difficult decisions

    Managing a project manager is not an easy task. This involves dealing with difficult times and people. Every project manager must take serious decisions during difficulty situation. Different measures should be taken while looking in different perspectives. However, project team managers should collaborate with project stakeholders for common understanding.

  275. Oliyide Oluwatobi
    Cohort 13
    Team 10

    Dealing with difficult discussions (Discussion)

    When making difficult decisions, it is important to consider all of the available information and options carefully. This includes weighing the potential risks and benefits of each option, as well as considering the potential impact of the decision on others. These are some factors important to them(experts in the video) in their decision-making process are:

    – Project goals & everyone’s expectations: What did they want to achieve, and what did others involved need?
    – Risks & uncertainty: What could go wrong with each choice, and how unsure were they of the outcome?
    – What they had & what they lacked: Did they have the people, tools, and time they needed for each option?
    – Team & expert input: What did others think, and what expertise did they offer?
    – Right & wrong: Would the choice be fair and good for society?

  276. The project managers would act differently based on their individual context which are as follows:
    1. Organization
    2. Local community
    3. International community

    They would adapt their decisions to align with the goals and values of these context listed above.

  277. The vital things to experts in making decision are:
    1. Proferring solution e.g buffer storage
    2. Adding value
    3. The strategic goal of the project
    4. Better working relationship

    Different context could call for different approaches, but with the same guidelines for problem solving and arriving at a win-win situation.

  278. Difficulties in projects arise when projects do not flow according to predetermined specifications or when surprises happen. In that moment, an honest analysis of the situation is required—an honest analysis free from exaggerations and assumptions. When the analysis is done, a hard or difficult decision has to be made, like pulling the plug, or changing the team working on it. The person to pay for it should also be clearly stated, in some projects I have handled, the project manager and some members of the team bear the additional cost, while in others, the client bears the additional cost.

    – Chijioke Obioma, Team 5, Cohort 13

  279. It is possible to act differently in a different context as different projects always come with its own kind of problem.

  280. Decision making is one of the difficult tool a project manager must have. This is because at some point during the project he/she might be faced with difficulty in which they might not be able to meet up with the deadline. A project manager must be prepared at all times to face some difficult situation which might require making tough decision.

  281. Some Challenges faced by the project managers were difficult choices of terminating a project due to changing situations, inadequate resources, community and language barrier.
    However they were able to navigate the situation through communicating again the purpose or goals to achieve and collaborating with relevant stakeholders to develop contingency plans in ensuring that the original goals were achieved

  282. Decision making is one of the most difficult tool, a project manager must always be prepared to face some difficult situations that will require tough decision.
    We are learning from top project managers and it can help us to restructure ourselves for the task ahead

    1. Addressing conflicts in a professional setting is key to the success of project. A clear communications had to be made and the interest of the project should be the ultimate goal.

  283. I believe the three project managers would have acted differently, they will act base on their capability to take care of the challenges,they might have different views and that can make them take different decisions

  284. Certainly. The three project managers actions would have been based on the specific challenges or difficulties they encountered. The nature of these challenges would have influenced the decisions made.

  285. In the situation faced by the three project manager, they had to decide on whether to cancel/terminate an ongoing project or fix the issues that came up. They demonstrated good communication skill with the stakeholders in tackling the issue that came up in the project.
    They would probably have acted differently because different projects brings in different client/stakeholders.

  286. In each of those situations, the project managers were faced with challenges past their capabilities.

    For the project manager that had to terminate the project mid way, her approach was superb, and I think I’ll make use of it if I was ever faced with the same challenge.

    Communication is an essential part of project management, all three experts have demonstrated a skillful use of this tool throughout the projects.

  287. They would not have acted differently in a different context because being a project manager you must communicate clearly and openly, the ability to work with other team members and experience over the years made them to come together to solve the challenges that would have affected the successful execution of the project.

  288. the three expert has to come together and work as a team, although they have difficult decisions to make this one project. the reason why I said they have to come together as a team is because they have put heads together and know what the challenge is and as well know the head way for them. they act differently in a different context, can make they not to achieve the project execution..

  289. Yes. The project managers would have acted differently pending on the kind of challenge or difficulties they met. The kind of difficulty you encounter as a project manager will determine the kind of decisions to make. As a project manager, we shouldn’t be scared to break any bad news to the stakeholders or clients and also be able to profer solutions.

  290. Understand the fact that every individual as different points of view . communication was a major factor in sorting possible conflicts that may arise.

  291. Addressing conflicts in a professional setting is key to the success of project. Clear communications had to be made and the interest of the project and not the individual is the ultimate goal.

  292. The situations bring different perspectives and reactions. yes, decisions would have been different if they were to meet different challenges.

  293. . The project managers did what they have to do when they experienced some difficulties with the project. They all had their reasons for terminating the project and I loved the approach taken by the project manager for the water project.He had an open communication with the stakeholders and together they were able to find a solution to the problem that would have led to the termination of the project.So when faced with such difficult situation, we should look at all our options and communicate with the stakeholders,they might be willing to make some compromises or changes that would keep the project going.And even when all other options have been explored and we have to terminate a project, clear communication is also key.We owe it to our team members,clients and other parties involved

  294. Yes, they would have acted differently in a different situation because every necessary decision to be taken to address a project challenge normally should relate to the type of problem or difficult decision to make.

    1. Yes, they would have acted differently in a different situation because every necessary decision to be taken to address a project challenge normally should relate to the type of problem or difficult decision to make.

      However, in the particular scenarios painted by the three professionals, the strategies adopted toward making difficult decisions could not have been different.

  295. The three experts took decisions that were best for the projects. Termination of a project before launch due to insecure location, having to adapt to foreign language and culture
    I don’t think they could have acted any other way because their actions were totally professional and they exhibited the characteristics of a good project manager by communicating

  296. From the explanations from the three project managers, it might be difficult to take a different approach or decision, as we all know that a successful project requires proper communication and planning. If the safety of the team is in doubt, there is no other option than to terminate the contract. On the language barrier, if proper planning was put in place, an interpreter can be provided because communication is necessary. Welfare of the team member are very important, so if the requirements for the Welfare of team is not met, then there is no other option than to terminate the project.

    Akinmoye Segun-Cohort 13, Team 2

    1. Yes they would have acted differently in a different situations because having flexibility is the key to deal with difficult decisions.some actions might change for each project.

  297. One of the most important things you can do is listen to the opinions of others who have a stake in the decision and know something about the options involved. Even if the final decision is yours, listening to diverse perspectives on the topic helps clarify your own thinking.

  298. What was important for them to take the decision they took was getting over with that step of the project and getting to the next step. Although they communicated and were able to reevaluate their situation

  299. Communication is one of the most important skills you can have. It’s the ability to share your thoughts, feelings, and ideas with others in a way they can understand. Communication is essential in difficult situations. That’s because it can be hard to express yourself clearly when things are tough. in context when risk compliance is in check, they were able to weight the risk of the decisions they took and had the best possible result.

  300. Difficult decisions like terminating impactful project in highly insecure locations .
    Resigning from the project to joined a project with better staff welfare.
    Implementing a project in a hostile community.
    Adapting to strange culture and languages.

  301. In project planning communication is key in that sense language barrier is inevitable so as a project manager u should be vast in languages because you might not get an interpreter Early enough to help negotiate with a client or pass vital information.
    planning is also an important part planning ahead of activities to be done during the project.to ensure a perfect work nd result.
    Onaivi fidelia ozavize
    Team 10

  302. iI think language barrier is one of the biggest and most difficult situation in Project management. This is because project management has to do with a lot of verbal communication and in fact, communication is 80% of all business procedures

  303. The three of them couldn’t have taken same decision because of their different peculiarities.
    Organization
    Local community
    And International community.
    Considering these three different characteristics, we should come to realize that what can only remain constant was taken decision, but the decision taken at each level would differ from the othe for the following reasons among others:
    – the characteristics of the project situation
    – the characteristics of the community
    – the characteristics of the culture
    – the characteristics of the staffs
    -the characteristics of the particular values of the client
    – the ethical demand
    – the regulatory demands

    Olubunmi Johnson,
    Cohort 13, Team 1

  304. From their explanation of the situations, each of them acted in a manner very professional of a project manager and thus, were able to achieve result. The challenges they faced were basically that of collaboration and communication. They each displayed the importance of effective communication in achieving collaboration. Therefore i do not think there was other way they could have manage to achieve result outside the effective deployment of communication skills to bring all stakeholders to a place of understanding of the goals of the project which left everyone happy in the end.

  305. Perhaps, one can not really tell if he will act differently until he is inside the same situation. but on this, I may not act totally different in similar situations as described by the project manager, however, one thing was a major contributor to their solution and that is Language or communication. When there is language barrier this makes understand alien. hence, it underscores the importance of communication, and that with effective communication, whatever difficulty encountered can be surpassed.

  306. When there is language barrier, the need for an interpreter become inevitable as a project manager otherwise you are going to encounter great challenges that may lead to failure of project.
    In addition, proper planning and effective communication is key to a successful project management.

  307. Ensuring effective communication among team members, stakeholders, and external parties is crucial for project success but can be difficult to maintain.

    Establish Clear Communication Channels: Set up regular communication channels such as team meetings, email updates, and project management software platforms to ensure everyone is informed about project progress, changes, and challenges.

    Define Roles and Responsibilities: Clearly define the roles and responsibilities of team members and stakeholders to avoid confusion and ensure accountability for communication tasks.

    Active Listening: Encourage active listening among team members and stakeholders to ensure everyone feels heard and understood, fostering open communication and trust.

    Use Multiple Communication Modes: Recognize that different individuals prefer different communication methods. Utilize a variety of communication modes such as emails, phone calls, video conferences, and in-person meetings to accommodate diverse preferences and needs.

    Provide Training and Resources: Offer training on effective communication techniques and tools to team members to enhance their communication skills and ensure they are equipped to communicate effectively in various situations.

    Document Key Information: Maintain clear and concise documentation of project plans, decisions, and actions to serve as a reference for all stakeholders and minimize misunderstandings.

    Manage Expectations: Set clear expectations regarding communication frequency, preferred channels, and response times to ensure alignment among team members and stakeholders.

    Encourage Feedback: Create a culture of open feedback where team members feel comfortable providing input and raising concerns about communication processes and issues.

    Address Communication Barriers: Identify and address communication barriers such as language barriers, time zone differences, or cultural differences proactively to facilitate effective communication among diverse team members and stakeholders.

    Regular Check-ins: Schedule regular check-ins with team members and stakeholders to assess communication effectiveness, address any challenges or issues, and make necessary adjustments to improve communication processes.

    Conflict Resolution: Develop strategies for resolving conflicts or misunderstandings that may arise due to communication breakdowns promptly and constructively.

    Lead by Example: Project managers should lead by example by demonstrating effective communication practices, actively engaging with team members and stakeholders, and fostering a culture of transparency and collaboration.

  308. I will not act totally different if faced with situations as described by the project manager, however, one thing was a major contributor to their solution and that is COMMUNICATION. this makes me understand that with effective communication, whatever difficulty encountered can be surpassed.

  309. Getting a difficult tasks solved as project manager entails good communication skills between teams and also allowing opinions from those in lower position so you can make a better decision through their options.

    1. Basically delivering a quality goal is the utmost desire of a project manager, this trigger whatever decision they make,

  310. From the video, it was quite obvious that meeting certain standards was what took priority for them, even though these standards varied across different areas they nonetheless still try to meet up with it. Even if they were in a different context they probably still would have try to keep up with their said standards

  311. Getting a solution for a difficult project decision comes with good communication with your trams/Stakeholders. As a project manager, you don’t know it all, but when you speak out via your constant communication with stakeholders, solutions always come by.

  312. The most important thing for them to make a decision was communicating, all they needed was communicate with their teams to see reasons why they couldn’t go further with the project and why they need to deliver to their clients.
    Do not be afraid to communicate no matter what the news is or how difficult the decision is.
    When there is lack of communication decisions will be difficult and unfavorable

  313. As an aspiring project Manager, the need to Communicate with the Team members and the various stake holders is very crucial in handling a difficult task. That will keep everyone informed and abreast with the challenges on ground and will as well push all Team members/stakeholders into work in search of solution in order to make sure that the task is handled and as well meeting up with the deadline.

  314. Now for the 3 scenario.
    I would say communication was important. All stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in this were consulted. So this helped to analyze the financial or time delay burden that will be geared for the project success.

    If there was a different context, I don’t think they will act differently. Communication is still key. Solution is what was needed, but we know that it has to be communicated with the cost of putting it to effect

  315. The need to inform stakeholders and client when challenges arises is important that is why communication is a vital tool in project execution.

  316. Communication is the key to solving all problems. When there’s an effective and free flow of communication some problems get solved even before they arises thereby solutions for it would have been laid down

  317. In the case of an impromptu challenge like the inadequacy of water distribution for the event, it is very necessary that all stakeholders device necessary strategies to see to it and that can only happen through effective communication. In this case, certain organization values might need to be overlooked in order to get the job done. Although, companies do have their contingency plans for cases like that but, there are cases where events unplanned might occur and will require the project manager and other necessary stakeholders to sit down and device strategies for it. This is why the project manager has to be skilled at negotiating the project at the initial phase so as not to put the company at loss.

  318. Now for the 3 scenario.
    I would say communication was important. All stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in this were consulted. So this helped to analyze the financial or time delay burden that will be geared for the project success.

    If there was a different context, I don’t think they will act differently. Communication is still key. Solution is what was needed, but we know that it has to be communicated with the cost of putting it to effect.

  319. communication and meeting deadline is the key to effective project management, i think they can but most times some things are inevitable.

  320. Lack of adequate communication attract difficult decision making.

    So effective communication is key to favorable negotiation.

    1. The most important thing for them to make a decision was communicating, all they needed was communicate with their teams to see reasons why they couldn’t go further with the project and why they need to deliver to their clients.
      Do not be afraid to communicate no matter what the news is or how difficult the decision is.
      When there is lack of communication decisions will be difficult and unfavorable

  321. Like we learnt in our previous lessons as a project manager, do not be afraid to communicate, no matter how difficult a decision is. Communication makes all the difference in the way a team functions. Even though sometimes it comes across as Been soulless. Communication is key

  322. The decision to terminate a project early:

    Importance: The experts may prioritize factors such as project feasibility, resource allocation, financial implications, and stakeholder interests when deciding whether to terminate a project early. They may weigh the potential risks and benefits of continuing the project against the costs and consequences of termination.
    Context: In a different context, such as if the project is critical to the organization’s strategic objectives or if there are significant sunk costs invested in the project, the experts may approach the decision differently. They may be more inclined to explore alternative solutions, renegotiate project scope or timelines, or seek additional resources to mitigate risks and salvage the project.
    Drawing on supply:

    Importance: The experts may consider factors such as supply chain reliability, cost-effectiveness, quality control, and long-term sustainability when deciding whether to draw on supply. They may assess the availability of alternative suppliers, the impact on production schedules, and the potential for supply chain disruptions.
    Context: In a different context, such as if there are geopolitical tensions affecting the availability of certain supplies or if there are concerns about ethical sourcing practices, the experts may act differently. They may prioritize diversification of supply sources, invest in supply chain resilience measures, or explore opportunities for vertical integration to reduce dependency on external suppliers.
    Not working with his native language:

    Importance: The experts may consider factors such as language proficiency, cultural competency, communication effectiveness, and project requirements when deciding whether to work in a non-native language. They may assess their own language skills, the availability of language support resources, and the potential impact on project outcomes and stakeholder relationships.
    Context: In a different context, such as if the project involves complex technical specifications or legal requirements that necessitate fluency in a specific language, the experts may act differently. They may prioritize hiring bilingual staff, engaging language interpreters or translators, or partnering with local experts to bridge language and cultural barriers and ensure effective communication and collaboration.
    In each of these scenarios, the experts’ decision-making processes are influenced by a combination of internal and external factors, including project objectives, resource constraints, stakeholder interests, and contextual considerations. While the underlying principles guiding their decisions may remain consistent across different contexts, the specific actions they take may vary based on the unique challenges and opportunities presented in each situation.

  323. Communication was the most important step they took. The project manager communicated the project’s challenges to the team and stakeholders which enabled them to know if the project was to be continued or if it would be pulled. Would they have acted differently in a different scenario? Definitely, cos all projects are not the same in terms of time, budgeting etc

  324. From the different case studies, the most important thing for them to make these decisions was communication. All 3 project managers made sure they communicated with their team and worked with them to see the reason why they couldn’t go further with projects or why they needed to put more effort in other to deliver to their clients.
    I also noticed that every project had its pecks, different budget, Scope, and time. As a project manager, you need to know what approach best works for your client.

  325. According to the discussion so far, effective communication is one of the things we should do in such moment in other to address the issue.

    Every projects has different scope, time and budget. So tackling of problems in the project will have to be based on how it was been planned, seeing where the errors are and fixing it.

  326. no two challenges are always the same, I wouldn’t have expected them to react differently. so many factors were at play, including money budgeted for the project, time frame, and usefulness
    will they act differently, in a different scenario? definitely, they will, since the prevailing circumstances would or might be different, requiring a different approach.

  327. Based on what they say I think communication is one of the things we should do in such moment so that it can be easy to address the issue on ground
    And Every projects has different scope, time and budget.
    So tackling of problems in the project will have to be based on how it was been planned, seeing where the errors are and fixing it.

  328. According to what they said, they would have acted differently. Every projects has different scope, time and budget.
    So tackling of problems in the project will have to be based on how it was been planned, see where the errors are and fix it.

  329. According to the project managers their choices were made in the context of what they were into, and yes they might have taken a different decision in a different context. However some of the primary consideration was
    1. The legacy the project was set to create
    2. The feasibility and priority of getting the project done
    3.The goal of the project .

  330. A key factor that drove their decision is communication. That’s about 80% of all the requirements in Project Management.

    They all had their customers in mind and worked harder to find solutions to all the challenges they encountered in the course of satisfying them.

    So, with a customer-satisfaction and solutions-based mindset, it was easy to move mountains, make compromises and galvanize the support of all stakeholders, through effective communication, towards solving the problems and getting the projects done.

  331. Communication was a key part of their decision making. A customer focused mindset helped them make right decisions and ensured good communication happened

  332. Communication was key for the project managers and being open to new ideas or points of view.
    A solution based mindset helped them to keep the project running and still deliver.
    They communicated to the project team about the reasons for decisions at different points in the project, be it cutting the project or changing the scope, they were also able to bring step into the team’s shoes and see things from their perspective.

  333. Every project has its peculiarity and constraints relative to it… The nature and scope of such project determines the approach a Project Manager will take in mapping out the modalities and work out the time it will take to complete the project.

  334. Ethical constraints fueled by consumer satisfaction were apparent throughout the stakeholder engagements. The need to achieve the desired outcomes guided the discussions.

    Would they have done it differently in a different context? I do not think so.

    My reason is predicated on the guiding principles of my earlier statement.

  335. Communication is important and how been applied when matter raise or technical issues like the water shortage to the building is important.

  336. In dealing with a difficult decision, the project manager took into account the short supply of water and technical issues that could hinder the smooth completion of the task.

  337. I think good communication, honesty, transparency and empathy can help a project manager to deal with most of the difficult situations he can be faced with.

  338. The ability to communicate your decision clearly to your team and the why behind it, is a super power every project manager should have.

    Effectively doing this with sincerity will always earn better support and outcomes in the long term.

  339. Communication, collaboration with the team is vital in project management and also when any difficulties surface during the execution of the project

  340. In project management, communication is very important, making a difficult decision can be really tough for the project manager.. However, the project manager will need to plan well and communicate effectively with his team member and clients.

  341. Dealing with difficult decisions such as terminating a project early, managing some sorts of contingencies and language challenge are very crucial to Project Management. However, this decisions are very important especially when there are technical reasons why the project is no longer feasible. Having a round table meeting with stakeholders and being able to convince them on why such decision is taken and discussing the way forward is important.
    In situations where there is language challenge, hiring employees of diverse languages from different countries could be of great help. This can help in communicating effectively with clients who are unable to speak the universal language.
    But would it be different if the reverse is the case? Although project Managers takes the lead in executing a project, but can also take decisions base on the opinion of the stakeholders, if it’s of good interest to the project. The ones with negative interest be discarded.

  342. Facing challenges, particularly the daunting task of terminating a project, presents a formidable obstacle. Yet, amidst this struggle, I find myself drawn to the art of delivering unwelcome news with finesse, despite the inherent frustration it entails. Furthermore, confronting the ire of contractors and stakeholders is a truly immersive journey. It underscores the importance of maintaining composure, addressing issues with impartiality, and adapting to the evolving landscape of project management—even when the ultimate decision necessitates the termination of the project itself. Moreover, grappling with language barriers, particularly in the realm of international collaboration, unveils a fresh perspective that is rapidly becoming the norm. These encounters serve as rich learning experiences, offering valuable insights for navigating future endeavors.

  343. In project management, communication is key for relating or resolving issues, tasks and progress with both clients and the teams members.

    Communication is like a lubricant for project managers.

    1. In project management, the ability to transmit and transcribe messages correctly is when communication has taken place. However, one of the difficult decisions/challenge is ineffective communication which is non-negotiable to the actualisation of excellent delivery of a project.

      Also, the risk to halt or terminate a project underway is another difficult task to do. The time, knowledge etc invested in the project may pose a great loss to the team.

  344. Dealing with tough decision can be very challenging, but has a project manager, having this qualities would help you to make better decision. Effective communication helps a project manager convey decision transparently. collaboration ensures diverse perspectives among the people involve in the project, this would give room for the project manager to use his/her interpersonal relationship skill in bringing people together to support, and also share ideas which would help the project manager in making decision.

  345. The challenges faced especially with the need to terminate a project is really a big take. I admire the approach of packaging the bad news and being able to communicate it effectively as much as it is a very frustrating event.

    The language barrier issue especially when working with international clients is a whole new perspective that Si actually the new norm. So many lessons here.

    Dealing with angry and frustrated contractors /stakeholders, is breath taking experience. I see very valuable lessons, being composed, remaining objective, addressing issues objectively, solving new changes in the journey of a project and even at times, terminating it altogether.

  346. the project Managers in the videos handled their challenges the best way possible at the given time.

    Dealing with difficult and uncomfortable situation is one of the things a project manager should be prepared handle and in some cases you have to come to a compromise, you may have to decide to terminate a project early after weighing the pros and cons of continuing the project.

  347. Communication is key for a project manager as it helps to relate issues, tasks and progress with both clients and the teams members

  348. Communication is key to Project manager. The PM must understand the difficulty and must be able to come up with favorable decisions

  349. Every other context would have accepted the decision they made.

    Why because in the case of projects, a client would not just wake up to cancel a project i progress knowing fully well they amount of time, money and resources that had gone into that project. So it is in the hands of the project manager and stakeholders involved in the project to sit together to understand what really is happening and why it is happening. that way, both parties are better aquainted with developments and make peace with client’s decisions. Without doubt, the needs of the client comes first as far as they are within the values of the stakeholders involved in the project.

    the important thing is that the project manager understood the challenges of stakeholders and helped them in the best way they could to bring the desire to accomplishment.

  350. As a project manager, dealing with difficult situations is almost inevitable which is why we are on the project. A project manager must be able to assert himself/herself to proffer solutions. Different situations warrant different measures hence, the project manager must be ready to think outside the box and improvise most importantly checking with the team and carrying everyone along.

  351. Yes, there are situations when as a project manager you have to take some difficult decisions. However, the decision a project manager would take depends on the circumstances surrounding the project.

    For instance, a project manager cannot continue with a project which its sponsors have pulled out of. Of course the project belongs to the sponsor who also is funding it and when the sponsor decides not to continue, the PM would have no choice but the end the project.

    Again, taking difficult decisions can be challenging to a PM. In the case of the water project, the PM was able to bring together major stakeholders to reach a conclusion on his alternative towards ensuring consistent supply of water to the venue during the event. It was also good that the sponsor accepted his decision and was willing to pay for the change.

    Regards.

  352. Difficult situations leading to difficult decisions come as unforeseen during a project, as one of the Project Managers said He had to get an alternative source of water as a buffer during the games and that solved the problem completely even for the future use of that venue.
    This was the best decision to be taken since the project timeline might not accommodate options such as sinking a new borehole within the facility.

  353. It is sometimes mentally challenging to make difficult decisions particularly those you do not have control over and that may ultimately affect the project as it were. Though I do not subscribe to having a universal solution to a universal problem, In these cases particularly the one about water supply, I think the solution will work perfectly in a similar context anywhere in the world. The approach will determine the degree of success or compliance.

  354. I think the decision they made in their situation was right and can be the same in different contexts, I say this because they tried to communicate with all stakeholders concerned and they collaborated with them in the decision-making. As PM communication and collaboration is key in decision-making since it helps you to scan collectively and see if there is no other option to consider and decide.

  355. In taking difficult decisions in their project, the experts emphasized several important factors. Firstly, they considered the impact of their decisions on stakeholders, including team members and clients, highlighting the importance of communication and managing expectations. Secondly, they emphasized the need for thorough analysis and evaluation of risks and benefits, indicating a reliance on data-driven decision-making. Lastly, they acknowledged the importance of personal values and ethics, ensuring alignment between their decisions and their moral compass.

    In a different context, the experts might indeed act differently based on various factors such as the nature of the project, the stakeholders involved, and the specific challenges faced. For instance, in a project with higher stakes or tighter timelines, they might prioritize efficiency over consensus-building. Similarly, if faced with different ethical dilemmas or conflicting values, they might make decisions that align with the specific context and circumstances. Overall, while the core principles of communication, analysis, and ethics remain constant, the application of these principles may vary based on the context at hand.

    1. In all instances, it’s good the PM is able to communicate and conduct a quick meeting and is also able to collaborate with every people and aspect involved in the project.

  356. Communication is key for a project manager as it helps to relate issues, tasks and progress with both clients and the teams members

  357. communication was what was common in all three situation. Different situation demands a different approach. So all in all you need to think outside the box as a project manager in difficult situations

  358. When making difficult decisions, it is important to consider all of the available information and options carefully. This includes weighing the potential risks and benefits of each option, as well as considering the potential impact of the decision on others. These are some factors important to them in their decision-making process are:

    – Project goals & everyone’s expectations: What did they want to achieve, and what did others involved need?
    – Risks & uncertainty: What could go wrong with each choice, and how unsure were they of the outcome?
    – What they had & what they lacked: Did they have the people, tools, and time they needed for each option?
    – Team & expert input: What did others think, and what expertise did they offer?
    – Right & wrong: Would the choice be fair and good for society?

    The experts wouldn’t always make the same call. Basically, the experts are flexible and adjust their decisions based on what matters most in each situation.

  359. communication was what was common in all three situation. They were all different challenging situations but they all handled it with good and effective communication skills.

  360. What was most important for them in taking the decisions they took was the initial set Project Goals and Objectives. When challenges surfaced, they just have to re-envision the set goals, and the natural instincts of a Project Manager is to never back down as being enshrined and learnt overtime… They can’t just see people efforts wasted away, so they naturally are carved to solve problems.

    Would they act differently in different context? I strongly believe it’s a no, they will also have to deal with the uniqueness of the challenge, but ultimately, would still navigate the storm and turbulence to achieve set goals and objectives.

  361. Effective and constant communication and dedication was a great tool that helped them.
    Every project manager should have a specialize way of communicating difficulties on the project to team members and be actively involved in executing whatever solutions designed to curb the challenge.
    Would they have acted differently in a different context? No

  362. Ultimately, I drew from the video, the inference of having to develop a solution-oriented adaptation aptitude in the face of fragile and tough decision making as a project manager, when it seems situations or circumstances won’t give you what’s normally expected or ideally desired to play out.

  363. A Challenging situation create an opportunity for learning as a PM You have to an open mind whereby you will be able to face any situation.

  364. Effective communication and team work without emotions is a cogent tool in project management especially after failed attempts to yield a successful project. Strategy and proper placement of the missing piece will enable success.

  365. Communication was the key aspect that really help them and commitment to the project was also part of the factor which pilot their affairs toward achieving their goals during the project management.

  366. The most important factor that helped them take the decisions they took was proper and effective communication between parties. From the ability to understand the reasons why the project was pulled to coming to a compromise about what the technical manager needed, which was a buffer, up till the uderstanding of the need for proper communication, even if it was in a second language, just enumerates the cogent use of what is the main dish of Project managers, “Communication”.

  367. There is a key element that is similar among the experts which is communication and collaboration. Will they act differently in another scenario? My answer will be No.

  368. What was common and prevalent amongst all three expert is communication. Each might have handled the scenarios differently but all used the communication skill. In all, it is imperative to know what form of communication works for your team.

  369. All of the project managers were trying to make decisions that will not terminate all the hard work the team members have put into the project. We can also see the use of communication in making difficult decisions . The project managers try to limit damage(s) or avoid them.

  370. What is important and common to the 3 scenarios is that a challenging situation presents a great learning opportunity whether it is from a fully completed project or one stopped abruptly. In addition, trying to stay positive is equally as important. Finally communicating adequately with the teams helps everyone to navigate through and propose the best of solution. Communication enhances team work!

  371. what i got from the video, dealing with difficult situations require constant and effective communication, and every project manager should have an appropriate method of communicating difficult situation and strategies to take when the need arises.

    1. Challenging situation create an opportunity for learning. This is where communication comes in. As a project manager, you communicate with team members in order to make a good decision.

  372. Different projects requires different strategy and approach. Each project has it’s uniqueness and desicion to be taken when the need arises

  373. Every decision that a project manager takes is tailored to the uniqueness of their project and I find that is still true when they have to make difficult decisions. Ultimately, they must consider all angles to try to sort the issue affecting the project by harnessing all of their communications and problem solving skills. If all else fails and the difficult decision is taken to end the project early, they must show that they have covered all angles and must then try to justify that early project closure is beneficial at some level for all stakeholders and that these benefits outweigh the disbenefits.

  374. Ultimately, I drew from the video, the inference of having to develop a solution-oriented adaptation aptitude in the face of fragile and tough decision making as a project manager, when it seems situations or circumstances won’t give you what’s normally expected or ideally desired to play out.

    In the face of critical plan-altering constraints that may threaten the accomplishment of projects with respect to quality delivery, time and client’s satisfaction, the onus lies on a PM to find creative or extra-usual way no matter how stretching, if necessary, reaching for a necessary acceptable and non-unethical compromise alongside with other project managers , stakeholders and team members to ensure that set goals are met and objectives achieved.

  375. Ultimately, I drew from the video, the inference of having to develop a solution-oriented adaptation aptitude in the face of fragile and tough decision making as a project manager, when it seems you situations or circumstances won’t give you what’s normally expected or ideally desired to play out.

    In the face of critical plan-altering constraints that may threaten the accomplishment of projects with respect to quality delivery, time and client’s satisfaction, the onus lies on a PM to find creative or extra-usual way no matter how stretching, if necessary, reaching for a necessary acceptable and non-unethical compromise alongside with other project managers , stakeholders and team members to ensure that set goals are met and objectives achieved.

  376. What I noticed was important to each of them was the Desire to meet the need of their Clients and Also reach the goals of the Stakeholders.Diversity is an Important part of Project management since different projects requires different strategies their Decision would be Different in a Different situation.

  377. Dealing with difficult situations require constant and effective communication. And that has a lot more work to do with the kind of language used in communication, so as to ensure all parties are heard, and we’ll understood.

    In a different context, I believe the people in the video should act differently because no two projects can be the same. They can look similar, but not exactly the same, and so flexibility is required to analyse the situation on ground, and then act accordingly with discretion.

  378. These experts described difficult decisions they had to make in their different projects, and their reflections revealed what was crucial to them when making those decisions.

    The significance of effective communication, teamwork, transparency, and adaptation in decision-making are significant topics in these experts’ thoughts. While the precise problems may vary depending on the situation, the basic concepts of ethical and intelligent decision-making are likely to guide these specialists in a variety of project circumstances.

  379. During decision making, would I act differently in a different context? I need to ask myself these questions and get honest answers.

  380. While they were faced with a situation where decision making is important, they confidently aligned it with organizational objectives, emphasizing conviction and merit.

    Their decision-making strength lies in preparedness and effectively articulating rationale, pros, and cons. Through persuasive communication, they ensured stakeholders understood the decision’s merit, whether it outweighed drawbacks or aligned with organizational goals. This consistent approach reflects a commitment to excellence, demonstrating that their decision-making prowess transcends specific contexts, consistently prioritizing organizational objectives.

  381. I think for me, what makes you a good PM is the quality of your decision while being in a difficult situation as you are caught between the stakeholders and your team. make them see the difficult situation that the project is facing and It essential to always find the balance between making an informed and rational decision as well as keeping your team motivated for a subsequent project.

  382. DEALING WITH DIFFICULT DECISIONS.

    The three narratives in PMs used expertise in project review, collaboration and communication to make the tough decisions.

    Provided that the project progress is being reviewed continuously, and there have been communication flow across to all stakeholders, should there be need for such a difficult decision to take, the preparedness, reasons for conviction and juxtaposing the pros and cons through convincing communication could make the decision flies.

    I don’t think they would act differently in a different context as much as the merit of the decision supersedes demerits or aligns with the objectives of the organization.

    Decision making is also very sensitive discussion in PM and being in the position to make in some cases can cause a conflict of interest if not properly handled.

    But i believe the Latter goal is to ensure there is a win-win result for everyone.
    Communication is also paramount and if situations arises that brings about certain compromises , relaying the right message and telling the Pros and cons of certain situations gives every team member a sense of inclusivity and trust in you.

    Thank you so much for your time

  383. Three adept project managers leveraged their skills in project review, collaboration, and communication to handle a challenging decision. With continuous project progress reviews and ongoing stakeholder communication, they were well-prepared for tough choices. When faced with a significant decision, they confidently aligned it with organizational objectives, emphasizing conviction and merit.

    Their decision-making strength lies in preparedness and effectively articulating rationale, pros, and cons. Through persuasive communication, they ensured stakeholders understood the decision’s merit, whether it outweighed drawbacks or aligned with organizational goals. This consistent approach reflects a commitment to excellence, demonstrating that their decision-making prowess transcends specific contexts, consistently prioritizing organizational objectives.

  384. What work for them is their interest to add value in which ever condition possible, that is why they could ethically took decisions unanimously with project stakeholders and cultivate a heathy and clear communication with the team members

  385. Projects are unique ,they each come with their problems.To be successful in project, making difficult decisions comes as part of of the project to enable head way.making quick decision after analyzing the consequences making a good project manager.

  386. Taking difficult decisions as a Project Manager is very critical so as not to capsize the ship of the success of the project.
    The decisions they made in these instances were right which led to the success and a good ending. Even in the case of canceled project.
    The team must work together as one despite past happenings.
    They must let bygone be bygone and work together for the success of the new project that brings them together again. They must be focused.
    As a good project manager one need to be wise God helping one to make wise decisions.
    They will not act differently in a different context because the successful completion of the project is their goal and they must make decisions that will help them to achieve their goal.

  387. I believe what makes you a good PM is the quality of your decision while being in a difficult situation as you are caught between the stakeholders and your team. It essential to always find the balance between making an informed and rational decision as well as keeping your team motivated for a subsequent project.

  388. In the case of terminating a project early, especially when it is dear to you, it can be a very difficult situation. But after weighing the options, If the benefits of terminating outweighs that of continuing, it would be best to terminate. Terminating it early is better than terminating it later after much resources must have been expended into it.
    In a different context, it could be a difficult decision to continue especially if you are under pressure to do so. You have also weighed the options and relayed your thoughts to your clients but they still chose to pursue the project. You know how it will end and you don’t want them to waste resources but they are so emotional about their project and you are also human, it could be a very difficult decision to make.

  389. Communication cuts across the 3 experts. working ethically occasionally involves making the tough decisions and the PM could be labeled a bad leader. proper communication in passing across tough decisions ti the team is an effective tool i took out from the 3 experts

  390. Decision making is a very sensitive discourse in PM and being in the position to make can cause quite a conflict of interest. but i believe the end goal is to ensure there is a win-win result for everyone. Communication is paramount and if situations arises that brings about certain compromises , relaying the right message and telling the Pros and cons of certain situations gives every team member a sense of inclusivity and trust in you.

  391. Making decisions as a project manager is crucial as any decision made may favour the project or otherwise not. Therefore a project manager should communicate with team members on issues, listen to others point of view, evaluate all suggestions before making final decision on the project.

  392. Three the PMs used expertise in project review, collaboration and communication to make the tough decision. Provided that the project progress is being reviewed continuously, and there have been communication flow across to all stakeholders, should there be need for such a difficult decision to take, the preparedness, reasons for conviction and juxtaposing the pros and cons through convincing communication could make the decision flies.

    I don’t think they would act differently in a different context as much as the merit of the decision supersedes demerits or aligns with the objectives of the organization.

  393. Three experts describe difficult decisions they had to take in one project.
    Now reflect on what was important for them in making the decision. Would they act differently in a different context? Why?

    These experts described difficult decisions they had to make in their respective projects, and their reflections provided insights into what was important for them in making those decisions.

    The key themes across these experts’ reflections include the importance of effective communication, collaboration, transparency, and adaptability in decision-making. While specific challenges may differ in different contexts, the underlying principles of ethical and thoughtful decision-making are likely to guide these experts in various project scenarios.

    Expert One
    Decision to Terminate a Project Early:
    He highlighted the difficulty of deciding to terminate a project prematurely, considering the significant investment of time, effort, and commitment. The decision was prompted by an issue related to water supply conflicting with the venue’s needs during a major event.
    The manager emphasized the importance of clearly outlining options for continuing or canceling the project.
    A collaborative decision-making process involving relevant stakeholders at the right governance level is crucial.

    Expert Two
    Resolution of Water Supply Challenge:
    The expert faced a challenge related to water supply for a major event and had to bring together various stakeholders, including Scottish Water, local maintenance teams, and organizers, to find a solution. Language barriers added complexity to the situation.
    Collaboration and communication played a crucial role in resolving the challenge. The decision involved installing a two-inch connection for the event and building a contingency buffer for the venue. The client funded the contingency, leaving a positive legacy for the venue.

    Expert Three
    Management of Partnership Project and Stakeholder Relations:
    The project manager faced challenges in a social care project with frustrated and angry stakeholders from partner organizations who felt let down by the County Council in the past.
    The manager focused on aligning stakeholders by reminding them of the shared project goals. Openness, transparency, and a collaborative approach were crucial in managing the difficult situation. Compromising to meet the needs of stakeholders strengthened relationships and garnered buy-in.

  394. Hello, the three pm took the right decisions. And each project has its own challenges and requires different steps to solving the issues.

  395. A common theme for all three experts was communication. In terminating a project early, being able to carry your stakeholders along and effectively communicate the possibilities and consequences is important. In the case of the 2nd expert, communicating with the stakeholders was key to resolving the issue and finding a lasting solution. How well a PM communicates in a difficult situation will determine how successful such a person will produce a good outcome.

  396. Concerning the other discussion concerning handling contradicting situations in the organization, I believe it can be mitigated by Encouragement, and Motivational words to the team to energize them to carry out the project successfully

  397. Dealing with difficult situations require constant and effective communication. And that has a lot more work to do with the kind of language used in communication, so as to ensure all parties are heard, and we’ll understood.

    In a different context, I believe the people in the video should act differently because no two projects can be the same. They can look similar, but not exactly the same, and so flexibility is required to analyse the situation on ground, and then act accordingly with discretion.

  398. Dealing with difficult decisions in projects.

    Reflecting on what is important for the three experts in taking their decisions.

    In taking the decision to terminate a project early, the experts would likely consider factors such as resource allocation, cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, and the potential impact on stakeholders. The decision would be driven by the project’s viability, alignment with organizational goals, and the ability to deliver value.

    Regarding communication (language), it’s important for the experts to consider cultural nuances, language barriers, and the diverse backgrounds of project stakeholders. Effective communication strategies, including translation services or cultural sensitivity training, may be essential in such situations.

    When dealing with the issue of no water in the project venue, the experts would need to assess the impact on project timelines, health and safety considerations, and alternative solutions. Contingency planning and rapid problem-solving skills would be crucial in addressing this issue.

    In a different context, the experts might act differently based on the unique challenges and considerations of each project. Factors such as cultural differences, regulatory environments, and resource availability could significantly influence decision-making. Flexibility and adaptability are essential in responding to diverse project contexts.

  399. I feel what was important for them was communication. And, Yes! I strongly believe they’ll act differently. It depends majorly on the sponsors. Should the outcome from the sponsors change, increased commitment to handle what looked like obstacle then a project manager would consider proceeding with such project.
    Again we see stakeholders being carried along/communicated timely in difficult situation for negotiation. Collaboration with sponsors, team members project target cannot be overemphasized.

  400. Decision making though vital in any project cannot or shouldn’t be done in a vacuum hence the laying of all cards on the table while leaving a tiny room for eventualities which in most cases are unavoidable. Every decision taken should get one closer to finish line. On the mind of every project manager is not to terminate before the job is done
    Proper analysis of work to be done, who to do what, how to be done , time apportioning and imbibing all rules / ethics are important .
    The possibility that the Project Managers will use the same approach is 50/50 as what is most important is ensuring that the job is done . Their personality could inform their decision ..
    Finally the tendency to use the same approach in all project is minimal as the projects vary so will any Project Manager factor its uniqueness in .

    1. Handling difficult decision in a project differs with different project managers depending on the nature of the project, the Project Manager needs to involves assessing risks, considering team input, and aligning choices with project goals.
      The Project Manager also needs to communicate effectively with the team regarding any decisions to be made and should also seek support to achieve the preferred value and goals regarding the project. The stakeholders as well will be carried along any changes made in order for both parties to be on the same page.

  401. Decision making is crucial aspect of any project , it can be tough or easy . From the video the three stakeholders had different views on how they took difficult decisions on their projects , this doesn’t make them bad project managers because I believe that before a decision can be made proper investigation, analysis , check and balance has been done before coming to a conclusion also putting into consideration the success of the project at that time.

  402. Decision making is quite pivotal to the success of any project. From the point of the experts,they had to weigh in on the option of terminating or continuing a certain project is clearly set out, of this decision has to be taken in cognizance with the stakeholders.
    It is important the goals of every project is brought forward in the face of every decision, to ensure that there are no counter to the goals and that whatever decision that would be taken must be in the benefit of the project.
    With the goals of the project in mind, I think the approach would be thesame, regardless of the context they find their selves. Because each of them took their decisions based on goals not challenges.
    Summarily, achieving project goals should always be the core in our decision making process.

  403. Decision making is very important act in project management. Before making decision on project, necessary analysis has to done, communicating with stakeholders is also necessary.
    Decision making must base on value, ethics, rules and regulations, and the organizational policy.

    Given the same scenario, the three managers will likely make different decisions, because individual has his/her own approach to situations. That does not mean that the decision of others are wrong.

  404. Decision making is very important act in project management. Before making decision on project, necessary analysis has to done, communicating with stakeholders is also necessary.
    Decision making must base on value, ethics, rules and regulations, and the organizational policy.

  405. Making decisions is a vital skill used by the captain to navigate the rough waters of project management. Every decision you make, from picking the best technology to negotiating obstacles, has the power to make or break your journey. Making wise choices keeps the project moving forward. Project managers use data analysis, risk assessment, and stakeholder needs analysis to map out the path to success. Meeting deadlines, allocating resources effectively, and quickly navigating unforeseen currents are all made possible by a determined hand.

  406. When it comes to making decisions in our organization, they can be good or not-so-good. But because we’re all working towards the same goal, it’s important to respect what most people think to move the organization forward. A project manager should be open-minded, a good listener, and good at different ways of communicating. Adding data and analysis to the mix, I think tough situations can be handled well. A project manager should always be ready for challenging situations.

  407. Decision making might be favourable or otherwise, since we are having a common goal in the organization, the majority opinions should be respected for the sake of the progress of the organization

  408. For the goals of a project to be achieved, it is mandatory for project managers to communicate with all stakeholders to come to agreement to ensure that set goals are achieved.

  409. As a project manager, it is imperative you weigh other option before making a final decision, because decision making can be sometimes very difficult mostly when you have to step on some people’s toes in other to achieve project success/goals.

  410. The primary motivation behind the decision-making process for undertaking various projects is to achieve success. However, it is imperative to acknowledge that the level of preparedness in areas such as language acquisition, project timing, and project locations plays a critical role in mitigating potential challenges. Therefore, it is recommended to consider these factors while planning and executing projects to ensure optimal outcomes.

  411. At the long run they all wanted the success of the project and had to make certain decision for the benefit of all.

  412. I believe that when it comes to decision making especially critical ones, emotions shouldn’t have a part to play but logical reasoning and ethics.

  413. As PM, it is expedient to communicate with all stakeholders and come to position consensus as all hands must be on deck to achieve the project goal.

  414. A project manager must be prepared at all times. He must be ready to deal with any situation that emerges and find a way of bringing it within his control. once he is unable to bring a particular situation under control, he automatically loses the support of the s