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. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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..

  41. 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.

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

  43. 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.

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

  45. . 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

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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,

  62. 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

  63. 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.

  64. 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

  65. 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.

  66. 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

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

  68. 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

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

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

  72. 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

  73. 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

  74. 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.

  75. 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

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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 .

  82. 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.

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

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

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

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

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

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

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

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

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

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

  109. 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

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. 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

  114. 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.

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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.

  118. 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”.

  119. 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.

  120. 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.

  121. 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.

  122. 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!

  123. 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.

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

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

  127. 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.

  128. 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.

  129. 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.

  130. 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.

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

  132. 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.

  133. 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.

  134. 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

  135. 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.

  136. 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

  137. 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.

  138. 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.

  139. 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.

  140. 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.

  141. 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

  142. 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.

  143. 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.

  144. 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.

  145. 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.

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

  147. 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.

  148. 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

  149. 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.

  150. 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.

  151. 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.

  152. 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.

  153. 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.

  154. 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.

  155. 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.

  156. 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.

  157. 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.

  158. 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.

  159. 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

  160. 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.

  161. 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.

  162. 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.

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

  164. 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.

  165. 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.

  166. 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 stakeholders. Succinctly put, a project manager must be skilled in crisis management because more often than not, crisis will always emegrge

  167. In a project life cycle, there are times when PMs are faced with the task of dealing with difficult making. PM should always collaborate with all stakeholders and teams involved in that project to achieve a win-win solution for all parties involved, this can be made possible through effective and concise communication.

  168. Project managers should at all times be ready for future contingencies. This will help in absorbing the shock and finding other ways to mitigate this difficult situation.
    Having learned that communication is paramount, the project manager should be able to communicate to the team the situation in other to provide solutions as a team. Also, in every difficult situation, there are lessons, skills, and knowledge to be learned.

  169. Managing difficult decisions as a project manager requires a balanced approach. Prioritize clear communication to ensure understanding among team members. Consider input from stakeholders and weigh the potential outcomes of each choice. Maintain flexibility, as projects may evolve, and adaptability is crucial. Learn from challenging decisions to refine your decision-making skills and enhance future project management strategies.

  170. In the previous lessons, it was learnt that communication skills cannot be underestimated in project management. As a project manager, being able to communicate with your clients, stakeholders and team members is a step to having a good project. This will enable them to know how capable and transparent you are.

    A project manager must be prepared for any challenge, or difficulty that may arise in the course of the project.

  171. A project manager is meant to be open to a lot of possibilities, good listening skills and various forms along communication.
    With data and analysis added with the above I believe tough situations can be managed. From previous lessons learnt, a project manager needs to prepare for difficult situations at all times.

  172. Managing a tough decision relatively becomes easy if it has the backing of data and analysis of the same.

    Important aspect is having regular reviews and structured methodological process to maintain data and linkages.

    Fact based decisions are ease to digest, and you shall clearly have a plan- B in place as contingency.

    Any decision which is likly to make an impact on outcome of project or project team to be mapped for worst, pessimistic and optimistic scenario

  173. Project Managers have to have good listening skills and open to discussions towards potential negative issues that may impact on projects. Projects Managers are bound to find themselves in tight situations and ready to undertake difficult and critical decisions in order to keep projects on tracks. Trying to understand the root cause may help in addressing the situation in favor of clients, beneficiaries and implementers. The 3 Project Managers had taken the right steps in addressing the challenges that arose given that contexts.

  174. As a project manager, you must be open to possibilities at all times. A win win resolution approach is very important in most cases, in that the PM may have to compromise in order to get the needs of stakeholders and beneficiaries met.Language barrier should not be a major challenge especially at this age of AI.
    An empowered PM should not be afraid of deciding because that is why they are in this position.

  175. For your project to be good and successful then one has to be consistent with all forms of communication in the project making , communication between the team and clients involved in it.Stakeholders also needs to be carried along because they are also a major part of the project.the speakers making those difficult decisions shows the sacrifice one has to make as a project manager

  176. Definitely, there are bound to arise issues creating difficult situations where decisions must be taken. As a project manager, be open to possibilities at all times. A win win resolution approach is very important in most cases, in that the project manager may have to compromise in order to get the needs of stakeholders and beneficiaries met.

    It is also necessary to draw attention to the project goals agreed ab-initio, this can also drive the focus of stakeholders, especially with the challenge to have a turn around from the already agreed.

  177. In project management, things don’t always go as planned. There are bound to arise contingencies that require though decisions to resolve When they arise, a project manager needs to able to understand the issues first hand and also be able to communicate effectively with relevant stakeholders involved such that ideas are shared to reach a win-win compromise. Those very though decisions would seamlessly be resolved when there is a clear understanding of the set goal of the project and ego’s are kept in check.

  178. PM involves constant changes, and these go hand in hand with decision-making. It should not be difficult when there is no call to judgment. When a decision is based on findings and has been applied to critical thinking and decision-making protocols, it is therefore not biased, and it yields positivity across stakeholders. An empowered PM should not be afraid of deciding because that is why they are in this position.

  179. Ability to communicate well, bad past shouldn’t be the center of focus even though it can be referenced to avoid repeating

  180. A project manager it’s need communicate with the stakeholders adequately and fluently so that they have a mutual understanding between in order to accomplish the determine goals of project, communication with the stakeholders clients and project team work is essential to growth the such projects

  181. It very important for each of the speakers to be an effective communicator. This is a strong tool in engaging all the stakeholders when there are contingencies, unplanned occurrence and effective engagement of the stakeholders.

    I quite believe they would all consider the best communication method when faced with the same challenge.

  182. One thing that was common among all three project managers was their ability to communicate with every stakeholder involved and take decisions together. This shows that effective and timely discussion helps project managers handle difficult situations easily, even if they have to compromise. It actually helps them bring the best out of it and proves them as capable and transparent to their team members and other stakeholders.

  183. One thing that was common among all three project managers was their ability to communicate with every stakeholder involved and take decisions together. This shows that effective and timely discussion helps project managers handle difficult situations easily. It actually helps them bring the best out of it and proves them as capable and transparent to their team members and other stakeholders.

  184. I have come to learn that communication as a project manager is very important and in making decisions all stakeholder must be carried along.

    In taking the decisions they took, the most important factor was that the goal of the project was achieved thereby making it a success.

    In a different context, as long as the goal of the project is not affected they would act differently because every context and challenge is different. One thing is they would always want and do what they need to do in-line with their budget for the success of their project.

  185. As a project manager, being able to communicate with the stakeholders/ clients and your project team is essential to the growth of such projects. With effective and seamless communication problems arising during the execution process can be addressed and tackled on time.

  186. As a PM, you must always work with ethics and values, which sometimes can be difficult or difficulties may arise due to language barriers, cultural differences, or whatever. The values must be adhered to, which sometimes can be discussed with stakeholders and team members.

  187. as a project manager sometimes you would be faced with certain decisions that would be inconsistent with with the organisations values but would be for the good of the project. effective communication with the stakeholders is important in this instant, and the organisations values can be adapted to accommodate the necessary changes needed to move forward in carrying out the project

  188. To have a successful project, there must be adequate and seamless communication between and with stakeholders, clients, team members. Critical analysis must be done and all decisions taken must be tailored towards the main goal of the project.

  189. Language is a major factor that needs to be provisioned for in project management. It can make or mar the project if not carefully taken care of.

  190. stakeholders are a major part of the projects and they must be effectively carried along with any development occurring in the course of the project. i feel the three people in our case study did a good job with their decisions.

  191. In making this difficult decision all stakeholders must be carried along. Critical analysis must be done, tabled, and communicated to all stakeholders seeking their input before the final decision is taken. All decisions taken must be tailored towards the main goal of the project.

  192. For you to have a successful project, you must adequately communicate to the stakeholders, clients, team members regularly so as to be on the same page. Though strategies must be applied.

  193. Communication, integrity and adaptability is the key.

    Communicate strategically, clearly, effectively and efficiently with your team and stakeholders

    Build integrity and honesty relationship with stakeholders

    Be adaptable to change and don’t let your ego bring you down, humility is vital

    1. In making this difficult decision all stakeholders must be carried along. Critical analysis must be done, tabled, and communicated to all stakeholders seeking their input before the final decision is taken. All decisions taken must be tailored towards the main goal of the project.

  194. It is important to be able to notice and map out a challenge, but more important to understand the challenge before a project manager can profer solutions to these challenges.

    What was important to the project managers for taking the decision that they took was putting in mind, the goal of the project, how important the success and end result of a project is, to its beneficiaries.

    They would have actually acted differently in a different situation because addressing these issues is not a one-way method as there are multiple routes that a project manager can take, to address a challenge, in essence a project manager should be flexible and able to diversify.

  195. Listening to the experts, I discovered that being able to communicate effectively with the parties involved really helped. Also not letting your ego get in the way would really help a PM take sound decisions

  196. When having difficult discussions with client or stakeholders it is import to use the win-win negotiation, to collaborate for the benefit the project team and the clients. and both can adapt to the changes.

  197. My, take is as a PM you should be adaptable to change and you should listen and communicate clearly, the first speaker emphasis on how a venue was changed. If she was not flexible and adaptable enough..the situation would have gotten out of hands.

  198. Having a honest and transparent conversation with the stakeholders is the way to go.
    Also, setting clear goals right from inception makes it easy to communicate difficult decisions, particularly when the project is no longer serving the goals earlier communicated.

  199. The most important information I got is the fact that communication is 80% of a job, from my recent experiences, proper communication matters in any form.

  200. Communication is the best key as we’ve seen in the video the three expert were able to make their decision by communicating with the team members

  201. Communication amongst the stakeholders is key in taking a tough decision that affects a project. One of the experts mentioned having enough good reasons made taking a decision such as discontinuing a project possible. The PM must bear in mind the objectives of a project against which performance are measured. Also collaboration between the team member in resolving complex is also a strategy used by one of the experts which led to a better solution.

  202. The 3 expert has made us understand how important communication is in project management. The first expert talks on how a project can be terminated earlier even after project team had invested lot on it. She also highlighted making decisions by letting the team understand the objectives of the project.

    The second expert made us understand the effect of great coordinating and Communication skill can solve problems.

    The third emphasis on how difficult the communication barrier is on the international standard and as a project manager you are to make sure you communicated effectively.

  203. Being consciously guided in maintaining a good relationship also not loosing out integrity and not compromising regardless of the tight schedule I might find myself.

  204. All three project managers exemplified their proficiency in steering projects towards successful fruition. The first project manager astutely recognized the complexities inherent in prematurely concluding a project. However, she emphasized the pivotal role of meticulous planning in mitigating such challenges and ensuring a more favorable resolution without compromising the intended achievements. Her insightful recounting of collaborating with the county council highlighted the nuanced difficulties prevalent in the care industry, where satisfaction among caregivers or clients may pose obstacles. She adeptly outlined strategic actions to navigate such challenges effectively.

    The second project manager demonstrated exceptional acumen in achieving superior outcomes, even in the face of increased financial investments. Going above and beyond, the project manager diligently engaged all necessary stakeholders, eschewing shortcuts that could jeopardize the ultimate success of the project. This commitment to comprehensive involvement and dedication to the project’s integrity underscored the manager’s effectiveness in optimizing results.

    The third project manager adeptly addressed the intricacies of language as a potential barrier to communication and project delivery. This nuanced consideration becomes particularly crucial in the context of international projects and the diverse work environments in which projects unfold. The manager’s keen insights into the impact of language on effective project execution highlighted the significance of linguistic precision in navigating the complexities inherent in cross-cultural and diverse workplace settings.

  205. difficulty situations will always come but the most important thing when it comes to taking difficult decisions its better to collaborate with team and having clear communication

  206. The first PM highlighted the potential pitfalls of early project completion, but stressed the importance of proactive planning to mitigate risks and maintain quality. She exemplified this by discussing challenges encountered while working with a county council regarding client and career dissatisfaction, emphasizing the crucial role of effective action.
    The second PM excelled in achieving superior results despite increased budget constraints. This involved going the extra mile to secure necessary resources and avoid detrimental shortcuts that could compromise the final product.
    The third PM brought attention to the crucial role of language in project communication and delivery. He emphasized the inherent complexity of this aspect, particularly in international collaborations and specific workplace environments.

  207. The three Project Managers made decisions that was best for their projects at that time because there was clear communication on other projects being of utmost importance and needs urgent attention.

    In a different context, they would have acted differently because every project manager would want to finish his or her project successful.

  208. The various challenges posed at the three project managers and how it was handled shows how good communication is in every facet of a project manager responsibility to see to the actualization of every project. The decision for them to move on or drop the project was well thought out and communicated to all that were involved. The Ladies reason was a good reason, company may have a better outlook on a different project that will be more beneficial to the organization and the Scottish project manager has to collaborate with others even the Scottish water department officials and see how it can be done, same with the last project manager that has to deal with language barrier. In all they made very good decisions in the approach they use. No personal feelings and no sentiment.

  209. All three PMs shows how they supported their projects to achieved positive outcome. The 1st identified how it could become difficult sometimes to end project early. However. putting the proper plan in place can help to come to a better option when coming out it without affecting what you want to achieved. Her illustration of working with the county council shows some challenges faced even in the care industry when delivery care where careers or clients are not satisfied. she stated the best action to take.

    the second person did brilliantly to achieved a better outcome even though more money was involved. The PM went extra miles to get everyone needed to achieve better outcome for the project involved without looking for shortcuts that can affect the final outcome of the project.

    The 3rd PM nailed it on the head when he talked about language which can affect communication and delivery of project. This is a grey area especially when you are dealing with international projects and sometimes within the environment you work.

  210. They made the best decision at that moment. Once the options to continue versus to cancel are laid out and every member of the project team understands and is carried along, the decision to cancel is taken and they can move on to the next project in a better stand.

  211. The 3 PMs faced different difficult situation where they had to make a tough decision.
    They never put their personal sentiments for the project ahead of their clients.
    The first woman realised the organizations might have a more interesting project to invest in and jlhence decided to drop the current one.

    The second PM sees that there is need to provide solution although extra cost and he went for the option and all that matters at the moment is solution.

    These decisions are some of the best decision they could make at that moment.

  212. The most important thing is they found a solution to the problems at hand even when the decision is difficult they took it anyway, they had the organization they’re working for at hand not chasing their personal gain or goals.

    Would they have acted differently in a different situations yes….it is possible for them to take different decision under different circumstances.

  213. After listening to the 3PM’s on the difficult situations they encounter on their different projects and how they handle it and got it resolved. To me that was the most efficient and effective way to resolve those difficult situations as at that time. I once had a difficult situation with a client and it was language difference. It was a tough one but we overcame the difficult situation though it’s cost us additional time for project.

  214. Dealing with difficult situation/ Taking difficult decision in project Management requires some skills like Open communication in every step of the way, collaborating with client, project Teams and Stakeholders, making critical Analysis and Negotiation goes a long way towards an effective and successful Project focusing on the project goal.

    1. The 3 PMS faced different situations where they had to make a tough decisions. There was an open communication in getting to the clients, stakeholders and team, making negotiation and critical analysing was an effective way that they were able to achieve a successful project. In all, despite everyone’s challenge they never gave up and at the end there was a win – win among the three PMS.

  215. After listening to the three expert project managers for the project described in the video, i loved that they were all serious in the project, despite everyone’s challenge in the project such in regard to resources available, technical issue and communication barriers just to name a few. All those never have been a cause for giving up on the project. They never were individually selfish, they kept moving on until they had discussions (cooperation) with different stakeholders involved to give clear reasons to proceed or not. That was a win-win solution from all the stakeholder perspectives. In the end, noticing that stopping the project is the best option rather than proceeding, a happy non srntimental decision to terminate the project was brought to the stakehders table. This emphasises how professional project managers might prioritise the organization goals rather than considering personal feelings in the decision making process.

  216. Being able to identify a problem, proffer a solution, evaluate the pros and cons and still presenting it to all stakeholders and allowing them make decision while guiding them and reminding them of the initial project business case ( the why) is a brilliant way to manage people.
    The 3PMs narrated a win-win situation irrespective of how the project ended.

  217. Three distinct projects with distinct challenges were expertly managed at the point of looking at the reason for the project and not allowing the bad vibes to affect decision-making. Going out of his way to find additional water partners to collaborate with to ensure the quantity required for project success, and finally, effective communication is the key to any successful project.

  218. As a PM must always work with ethics and values which sometimes it can be difficult or difficulties may arise either language barrier, cultural differences or whatsoever the values must be adhere to which sometimes it can be discuss with stakeholders and team members

  219. After listening to the three different project managers and the difficulties they have faced.
    I can say that they dealt with their difficulties well, and they always took the project they had at hand seriously. When thinking of terminating a project there was a genuine reason, also the other person had a language barrier as part of his project difficulty, and he knew he must do something about it for the project to be a success. Also, communication can not be overemphasized

  220. 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 beneficial 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.

  221. Difficult decisions are sometimes inevitable and can really be frustrating; but dealing with difficult decisions with a clear and honest approach is vital for projects managers.

  222. i have learnt that 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.

  223. Before undertaking any project, A PM should employ ‘Risk-based thinking”. This means thoroughly researching all that the project requires, This includes identifying possible risks that may impede/halt the progress of the project if need be, identifying opportunities that can be leveraged, and of course, having in place contingency plans as a fallback for when things do not go as planned.

    In the video, the managers were reactive and not proactive (having controls in place to forestall the already identified risk if risk risk-based approach was utilized).

    If risk-based thinking had been deployed, the Language barrier would have been mitigated by ensuring a translator is on ground.

  224. From the three difficult decisions above, the most important thing done in taking the decision was leaving sentiments aside and doing what was ethically best for the project. By this decision, the organizational standard was still preserved.

    In a different context, putting first the organization’s goals, objectives and standards is very important. Therefore, since every project has its unique characteristics and requirements, what works for a particular project might not work for another.

  225. Understanding the broader context of the project, including its goals, constraints, and stakeholders, is crucial for decision-making. This involves considering the project’s specific challenges, timeline, and resources available. In a different context, these experts might need to adapt their decision-making approach based on the unique characteristics and requirements of the new projects. What worked in one context may not necessarily apply in another.

    Considering the interests and perspectives of various stakeholders is critical. Decision-making should align with project objectives and maintaining positive relationships with each key stakeholders to draw up possible solutions when challenges occurs is very key to the success of the project.

  226. We cannot avoid sometimes difficult decisions but before we take such major decisions we have to sit down and discuss the issues either with the stakeholders or the team to have clear picture of how to resolve the issues. This step is very important because no member of the team will want a halt in the progress of the project thereby leading to time wasting and increase in cost.

  227. Difficult decisions are sometimes inevitable and can really be frustrating; but dealing with difficult decisions with a clear and honest approach is vital for projects managers.

    In the cases shown in this lesson, we can highlight that brainstorming with stakeholders before taking any difficult decision is paramount. Decisions taken to mitigate situations may sometimes halt or end a project and sometimes the outcome of a difficult decision may bring innovation to the project and even leave legacy to stakeholders.

  228. Based on the difficult decisions highlighted by the experts, I think what I percieve to be the most important in making these decisions, was leaving setiments aside and doing what was ethically best for the project.

    There isn’t enough resources to carry out the project? Well then it’s best to put the project on hold rather than squeezing things in that would most likely comprise the quality of the outcome.

    Or, another alternative is to collaborate with other teams so that resources can be shared to get the desired outcome.

    I genuinely do not think that they would act differently in a different context.

  229. one of the most important thing to be done in a situation like this where language is barrier, is to get someone who can effectively enable you communicate to drive your points home knowing fully well that communication and above all, effective communication with a clear line of objective is key.
    even if your decisions are adopted, or the decision of the management is adopted, . let it be known that you have clearly driven your points professionally

  230. Decision-making in project management is the process of making important decisions that affect the outcome of a project. It involves evaluating the options available, assessing the risks and benefits of each option, and selecting the best solution for the project.

    Decision-making is a crucial part of project management. It’s important because the decisions you make can have a huge impact on the success of the project. The right decision can mean the difference between success and failure, so it’s important to take the time to evaluate all the options and make the best decision possible.

    When making a difficult decision, have a process. Have a set of criteria so you don’t jump to conclusions rashly.
    Explain yourself when making a difficult decision.
    It is also important to consider the impact of your decision.
    It is good to have a trusted individual to discuss with. Then, you own your decision.

  231. 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.

  232. Problems will always be encountered, looking at ways of solving it is key, in situations were solution is not visible, team members needs to come together and discuss future steps of continuing or not continuing.

  233. Different contexts determine the reactions and decisions you make in then so, yes, they would act differently in another context.

    However, the skills they used in this context; communication, negotiation, flexibility and being able to compromise in some things will still come into play in whatever context.

  234. Taking decision is actually very difficult especially when you have a team and your decision could affect your team negatively. But whatever the case is, the option for cancelling or continuing a project should be clearly stated.

    Thanks

  235. Taking decisions in difficult situations could be really dicey, decisions are dependent on several variables that should be thoroughly scrutinized and weighed in order to arrive on a leveled ground that is profitable to all involved. The ability for a PM to pull through this phase is a great credit to his relevance in such project.

  236. Taking decisions in different situations could be really dicey, decisions are dependent on several variables that should be thoroughly scrutinized and weighed in order to arrive on a leveled ground that is profitable to all involved. The ability for a PM to pull through this phase is a great credit to his relevance in such project.

    1. In project management, In situations where solutions are elusive, the importance of team discussions for determining the next steps is evident. The decision-making process involves collective input, showcasing the significance of teamwork and shared responsibility.

      The acknowledgment that different contexts shape reactions and decisions indicates an awareness of situational adaptability. While the specific actions may vary, the core skills such as communication, negotiation, flexibility, and compromise remain crucial across diverse contexts. This suggests that, even in different situations, the project managers would leverage these skills to navigate challenges effectively.

      The highlighted challenge of language in international projects, project managers should check language requirements and consider including a translator in the project plan showcases a proactive approach to overcoming language barriers. Additionally, it is important to choose a communication style that suits both the project team and stakeholders underlines the importance of tailoring strategies to diverse audiences.

      In summary, the key factors for decision-making include collaborative problem-solving and the understanding that context influences actions. The consistent application of essential skills, irrespective of the context, underscores the universal relevance of communication, negotiation, flexibility, and compromise in project management.

    2. Problems are bound to be encountered in any projects and definitely the solution depends solely on what type of problem.
      But what’s really matters is to let team mangers decision be in,so they know it is.

  237. As a project manager new challenges should be expected as problems comes in different ways and different and measurable method should be applied in other to archieve set objectives.

    In the video the managers have taken best decisions known to them and they are able to solve the problem without deviating or delaying the project goals.

    What came to me as huge challenge is the problem with Language, If one is to take a project with ECOWAS, UN, EU etc one need to check the language required before embarking so as to know: Knowing the stakeholders if all of them understand a general language which is ENGLISH, May be the project manager should include a translator in his plan, Choose Style of communication with the project team and stakeholders, etc

  238. Dealing with difficult decisions in project management is an inevitable part of the role these decisions can range from resources allocation and scope changes to team conflict and risk mitigation

  239. I believed they have valid reasons for taking those difficult decisions and if I was in their shoes, I wouldn’t have taken a different decision because the overall objective of the project is paramount as well as the client satisfaction.

  240. As a project manager you be ale to handle stakeholders when dealing with a project as we have bee taught that stakeholders can affect our projects. In the context of the video terminating an ongoing project can be a very tough decision to make and its also has effect on the team members because they have invested more of there time in doing the project and seeing it been taken up will have adverse effect on them and there should be away the project manager let the clients know the project cant just be taken down like that without considering the emotions of the team

    1. As a Project Manager, I would open my mind to always face challenges or difficult situations in carrying out a project and finalizing it. Issues of terminating a project early, communication, transparency and compromise are truly some things that would be faced but now for me I would look at the client or the people and address this squarely. I would ensure that we are on the same page when we communicate and ensure we understand each other. If it is a case of language barrier, I would bring in an interpreter to help make the job easy so we also understand each other. Issues of terminating the project , yes can be quite frustrating but this should also have been well planned out in the initial discussion with the client so that it could be a win win situation for both parties. I would also want to find out why they are terminating it early and if they have a future to still take on the project. Being transparent is very key as this would ensure that there are no hitches. This must just be very clear.

  241. Dealing with difficult situations is something that a project manager should be prepared for and as seen in the video clip collaboration with the stakeholders is very important when faced with a difficult situation.Also the ability to analyze the pros and cons before taking a decision is vital in handling difficult situations.
    I feel that they might act different depending on the situation at hand as projects differ and situations differ to. However, a project manager should be able to understand the situation and come up with a decision that will work as a mitigation to the difficult situation at hand.

  242. situations determine decisions and actions which can change in other varying circumstances.
    there dealing with difficult situations, the company’s overall interest should drive decision given different situations. Collaboration among the experts here is noticed and instrumental to handling the situation.
    The language issue can be resolved by
    1. Bringing in a translator
    2. Creating an atmosphere that favors sense of belonging to all

    1. I believe it takes a lot of deep thinking and analysis to make tough decisions.
      I respect the professionals in the video shared to brace up to the challenge and think through strategically.

      Terminating a job early is really a tough one because a lot of hardwork, time, and efforts have been put in place to ensure that the project will be success but I believe that this is where communication comes in

      As a PM, you will need to carry your team along with any development and keep them abreast of any decision affecting the project.

      Language is a barrier but that shouldn’t be a tough decision not to embark on a project.
      With the use of language translator, the right information and communication will be passed to ensure a smooth sail of the project.

      PM should ensure that they have explored all possible options within their reach before taking difficult decisions.

      Like the saying goes, tough situations do not last long but tough people do.

  243. I’m of the opinion that there was no options left other than terminating the project..though terminating a project is a difficult decision to make especially when all options
    Have been exhausted.

  244. Kazeem Team 7
    As a project manager you be ale to handle stakeholders when dealing with a project as we have bee taught that stakeholders can affect our projects. In the context of the video terminating an ongoing project can be a very tough decision to make and its also has effect on the team members because they have invested more of there time in doing the project and seeing it been taken up will have adverse effect on them and there should be away the project manager let the clients know the project cant just be taken down like that without considering the emotions of the team members.
    Language should not be a barrier in project management as we all know communication is way more important in PM, what could be done is properly communicating plans of the projects to the stakeholder involving in the projects and disseminating information from time to time maybe it may involve using a translator to disseminate information from time to time at the appropriate time.

  245. Dealing with difficult situations depends on the nature of the situation and what is needed to resolve the situation.
    * The challenge of terminating an ongoing project early is a tough decision to make and as a Project Manager, there must be a way to resolve it in order to get the project going. Some of the decision that can be taken include but not limited to the following:
    + Getting the client to take care of the contingencies that were not initially captured in the budget of the project.
    + Motivating the team member to keep up the spirit to the completion of the project.
    + Compromise may be needed a times to enable the needed stakeholders fully participate and also to strengthen the relationship among team members.

    * In the situation of handling difficult decision of communication barriers as a result of social difference, educational dichotomy, ethnic and language differences, as a PM, the following steps can be taken to deal with such situation:
    + Step up the gap differences among team members probably by introducing a common room where all come in to interact no matter the class difference.
    + Giving room for expression of individual opinions in order to give a sense of belonging to all.
    + Bring in translators where you the challenge of communication problems as a result of language barrier.

    Dr. Taiwo O. Adeyinka
    Team 3

  246. For me, I think it was their ability to improvise and think outside the box in that difficult situation to make the project a success, and everybody goes home happy and satisfied. If tables were to be turned, they would have still improvised, except the tables were in their favor.

  247. Micah Chijioke Madu
    Project Management
    Cohort 12
    Team 6

    I am of the opinion that the experts in the video for today’s lesson would have acted differently given a different scenario.
    The reason for my position above:
    Actions of such nature in project management are usually reactive to existing situations. This simply means that different situations solicit different actions or reactions from Project Managers. Therefore, given a different situation, a Project Manager’s line of thought and decision will adaptively change.
    If the expert in the video opted for early project termination because the global trend has made the project obsolete, that decision wouldn’t have been reached if the global trend still favoured the project.
    The same applies to the change that was made to the sports venue (an additional water infrastructure construction to meet the water supply requirement for the event). That decision was occasioned by the critical lack of adequate water supply in the venue. If the situation was different and there was no need to mitigate, then there wouldn’t have even been a meeting to discuss a nonexistent situation, and the client wouldn’t have incurred that additional cost. The same goes with the other situations presented in the video. Situations necessitate decisions and actions which change given alternate circumstances.

  248. I think what was important for the three experts was the ability to collaborate and adjust to situations to get the required outcome.
    For me, I don’t think they might have done otherwise aside from collaboration.

  249. A project manager needs to be focused on a project, be optimistic on a project, push through project execution within timeline, cost and project quality; to achieve these monitoring and communication has to be constant.

  250. Sunday Nathaniel Ngwamah, Cohort 12, Team 10.

    DIFFICULT DECISIONS:
    Such times come in project management where hard and difficult decisions have to be made for many reasons ranging from cost, change policies, viability, unforseen circumstances that crops up which makes project execution difficult and many times stretches it to impossibility.

    The three managers were swift enough to be able to diagnose the challenges with their projects, and brave enough to make the difficult decisions. One was involving a shift in cost which had to be made plane to sponsors who in turn was willing and infact, paid for the additional cost.

    The project manager needs to maintain an eagle eye on a project, be optimistic on a project, push through project execution within timeline, cost and project quality; to achieve these monitoring and communication has to be constant and realtime. These allows him to remain in touch with the project and reality of issues at hand.

    These were swift with decisions though had ones. Normally, difficult and hard decision vary per project and even these would act differently with the parameters of their different projects but same principles applies.

    1. I concur with your line of reasoning. Same standard, different reactions to different situations.
      You can go through my comment for comparison of thought.

  251. I support the decisions made by these experts, they will definitely think differently based on the project they’re handling but one thing that was common is the emphasis on transparent communication with sponsors, clients, and the project team.
    Sharing every challenge enabled them to collectively understand the situation and make informed decisions.

  252. The three project managers were able to deal with the issues that arose in the project which did not align with the initial plans of the project. They recognised the importance of reconciling trade-offs amongst the elements of cost, time and quality and maintaned a balanced view, engaged project team and control communication to find viable solutions before the end of the project.
    I also agree with the decisions made by these experts, especially the emphasis on transparent communication with our sponsors, clients, and the project team.

    Sharing every challenge with one another enabled them to collectively understand the situation and make informed decisions. Notably, one client had to unexpectedly cover certain expenses, highlighting the importance of collaborating and openly communicating with all stakeholders. These experiences have shown me firsthand that effective communication and collaboration will significantly ease my role as a project manager, allowing me to navigate unexpected situations more effectively and achieve successful outcomes.

  253. Reflection: In reflecting on the decisions made by these three experts in the video, it becomes evident that the importance of specific factors varied across contexts. The decision to terminate a project early was driven by financial considerations and a reassessment of project goals, emphasizing the critical need for budget management and strategic alignment. Language-related challenges underscored the significance of effective communication, recognizing its pivotal role in ensuring collaboration and project success, particularly in multicultural or global settings. Addressing a lack of materials and deciding to outsource highlighted the importance of resource availability, highlighting the experts’ commitment to overcoming constraints and ensuring project progression.

    These factors collectively emphasize the crucial and multifaceted nature of decision-making in project management, where a judicious balance of financial prudence, clear communication, and adaptive resource management is essential for navigating the challenges inherent in diverse project contexts.

    Would they act differently in a different context?

    Well, the likelihood of the project managers acting differently in a different context depends on the nature of the challenges they faced and the specific characteristics of the new context. For the expert who considered terminating a project early, the decision might vary in a different context based on factors such as available funding sources, the strategic importance of the project, or organizational priorities unique to the unique environment.
    On the other hand, the expert that struggled with language-related challenges might adapt decision-making based on the language dynamics of the new context. If language barriers are less pronounced or if the team has a more diverse language skill set in the new setting, the approach to addressing communication challenges may differ.
    In the case of the expert dealing with a lack of materials and outsourcing, decisions could be influenced by the availability and accessibility of resources in the new context. If alternative sources are more readily available or material shortages are less severe, the expert might employ different strategies to manage resources effectively.
    The adaptability of decision-making hinges on the dynamic interplay between project-specific considerations and the unique characteristics of each context. The experts’ responses would be shaped by their ability to assess and respond to the distinct challenges presented in different project environments.

    Why?
    The decision-making process is highly contingent on the specific characteristics of each project and its context. The adaptability of project managers in different settings reflects their ability to assess and respond to the unique challenges and opportunities presented in each environment.
    The likelihood of the managers acting differently in different contexts can be influenced by the dynamic interplay of different factors:
    Project Goals and Priorities: The nature and goals of projects can vary significantly between contexts. In a different context, the strategic importance of a project may differ, influencing the decision to terminate early or continue based on the organization’s current priorities.
    Resource Availability: The availability of resources, including funding and materials, can vary based on the economic and logistical landscape of each context. This variability may prompt experts to adapt their decisions to the specific constraints and opportunities present.
    Organizational Culture: The values and culture of the organization can shape decision-making. In a different context, the organizational culture may prioritize certain aspects, influencing how decisions are approached and what factors are deemed most important.
    Stakeholder Expectations: The expectations of stakeholders may differ between contexts. Experts may need to adjust their decision-making based on the varying needs and expectations of stakeholders in different project environments.
    Project Type and its Complexity: The type and complexity of projects can vary widely. A decision that makes sense for a particular type of project may not be as applicable in a different setting with a unique set of challenges and requirements.
    Team Dynamics: The composition and dynamics of project teams may differ, impacting how decisions are communicated and implemented. Experts may need to consider team collaboration and adapt their decision-making approach accordingly.
    Regulatory Environment: The regulatory environment can differ between contexts, influencing how decisions are made to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
    Economic Conditions: Economic conditions, including inflation rates and market stability, can impact financial considerations and resource management. Experts may need to adjust their strategies based on the economic context.
    Experience: If project manager has learned from past experiences, they may bring those lessons into new contexts. Insights gained from previous projects could influence decision-making approaches and strategies, promoting adaptability based on lessons learned.

  254. Of course, yes… They will act or behave differently.
    In every situation or difficulty in the line of the project. Any decision taken at that moment should geared toward completing the project in good time and its specifications

  255. This is what I understand, there are challenges you must face during a project period… But at the end of the decisions, sacrifices, setbacks and the Project must be completed as well ……..

  256. They didn’t think differently rather they focused on the end result of the project, accepted and acknowledged the faults and determined to achieve the set goals despite the differences.

  257. Sometimes community issues can be a reason why a project can be on hold when their demands in terms of payment are not met since it’s part of the MOU signed. This is more of the case we faced more often in the location of the project we handle.

  258. A team with one voice and purpose will be able to surmount any obstacle in their way with regard to dealing with difficult decision-making.

    No two projects are the same, because every project comes with its own sour or sweet experience, and so should the approach; My answer will be an emphatical YES.
    Let me add that a PM who will be successful at his job must be open-minded, and very flexible; this gives room for him or her to embrace new challenges.

  259. Yeah. They will definitely act differently base on the project at hand.

    I truly admire how they were able to handle the difficult situation at hand, especially been transparent with the situation, collaborating with all parties, and encouraging everyone to see the goal or reason why they started in the first place.

    It’s a win win.
    Thanks

    1. Kudos to them for being open and ready available to be able to deal with the problem, inspite of it being a difficult decision. If the situation had been reversed, yes the decisions would have been different, maybe not terminating the project or making a contingency plan for enough water at the venue. However. With the situation faced, I think the right decision, though difficult were made.

  260. I fully support the decisions made by these experts, especially the emphasis on transparent communication with our sponsors, clients, and the project team.

    Sharing every challenge enabled them to collectively understand the situation and make informed decisions. Notably, one client had to unexpectedly cover certain expenses, highlighting the importance of collaborating and openly communicating with all stakeholders. These experiences have shown me firsthand that effective communication and collaboration significantly ease my role as a project manager, allowing us to navigate unexpected situations more effectively and achieve successful outcomes.

  261. I think it’s the best for them at that point, they were open minded and also honest and transparent. And so because of that they could easily communicate with their team members and take on the decision.

  262. I agree with the decision they made, mostly important thing was to communicate every challenge with both the sponsor the clients, project team so that a enable them succeed in tackling or making a decision at that point in time. its would have been more difficult if communicating with the client the sponsor and the project team on the current situation wasn’t done. I also noticed that one of the client had to pay some certain amount of money that they probably did not budget for, so collaborating and communicating with your sponsor, client and project team would make your work as a project manager easy.

  263. Yes, their approach will be different in different contexts because no two projects are the same, and every project comes with its dynamism, so should the approach.
    For this to happen, the project manager must be open-minded; this gives room for the PM to embrace whatever challenges.
    Constant, open, honest, and transparent communication should not be lacking with team members so that it is easier to tackle challenges should they arise.

  264. Taking had decision is part of every project. I remember my last show i had to make a dificult decision that almost affected my planning. The venue i planned to use had to be changed because of proximity, now the road to the innitial venue was under construction, a decision that was never seen coming, if i went ahead with the venue it will sure affect everything that has to do with my show because people can not have clear assess to the venue, i had to go for an alternative which was a bit far from the previous. We had to do lots of publicity to announce the change of venue and it was really difficult to achieve.

  265. Taking hard decision and or making changes are things that will always be in the life of every project and how we deal with these is key at any point in time. Considering the three Project Managers view s and how they responded effectively to the different scenarios thereby averting serious issues in the deliverables are part of why project management practice is very key.
    Also being able to assess and project possible outcomes also helps the work of a project manager. Seeing a possible demand or need in the course of a project and making adequate or alternate solution to cater for such inadequacy as well as carrying along all stakeholders with possible decisions and outcomes helps in checkmating losses, failures in any project.
    Although with all these considerations , it also does not make project management full proof but it helps to minimize risk and avert a lot of crisis most times

  266. The approach to solving problems especially when faced with making difficult decisions like quitting a project, making plan for contingencies etc. varies, however, the place of collaboration with all parties and possible compromises without losing goal of the project or standards and quality of work and also the ability to negotiate are really important.

    1. projects goals and organizational goals can change over time and therefore the project manager has to make difficult decisions such as termination of projects, especially if it’s not meeting its objectives or if there are significant changes in organizational priorities.
      They can act differently in different context due to change in client requirements, project budget, project life cycle phase, change in political factors etc.

  267. From what I understand, there are challenges you must face during a project period… But at the end of the decisions, sacrifices, setbacks and all, the project must go on.

  268. The Project Managers in the video made communication to be a priority for them in taking their various decisions. That is they had to ensure that the various stakeholders in the respective projects understood the reason why certain steps had to or not be taken.

    Again, they had to put into consideration the success of the project at hand in their decision making.

    Though every project is peculiar and the decision taken in one project must not fit perfectly into the other, the issue of communication cannot be overlooked no matter the peculiarity in a project. Everyone needs to be carried along and that is where communication comes to play.

  269. I understood from the video that each of the project manager placed a high value on ensuring their projects are carried. They took difficult decisions because they were willing and ready to achieve their goals. As in the case of the sporting event in Glasgow, the PM said the event has to go on. Despite the huddle they met with, quitting was definitely not an option at that crucial time so they had to go back to the stakeholders involve and communicate the problem and come out with a possible solution within the time frame that they had.

    Of course they would have acted differently in a different context. Every project is unique, and lessons learned from previous ones are helpful to a certain limit. Why? This is because certain factors does not stay constant even if you do the same project over and over again.
    Example:
    Finance- The budget you used to execute the same project previously will certainly change.

  270. In addition to the solutions provided, every project is aim is always tending towards a win-win situation which will bring a positive image to the organization.
    So i will add that from the onset of the project as discussions, communications, ideas, ethical values, will be taking place among stakeholders/investors, the fore-sight(picture) of the project should always be the driving force.
    Solutions to every project lies within the project but can only be harnessed through an adequate understanding of the modalities of the project.

  271. Now reflect on what was important for them in making the decision. Would they act differently in a different context? Why?

    They were majorly concerned about maintaining the relationship with their stakeholders more than they showed attachment to the projects that were being pulled down.
    I don’t think they would act differently in a different context. my reason is that they have improved and worked on the ethics and qualities required for successful PMs; one of which is the goal of winning forward; making sure there is more of a win-win situation and also objectively reasoning out the WHY behind the difficult decisions.

  272. For these experts, the critical elements in their decision-making likely included the assessment of risks and benefits, ethical considerations, stakeholder interests, and the potential long-term impact of their choices. The context significantly influences how they might act; different circumstances can shift priorities and available options, leading to different decisions. For instance, in scenarios with less pressure or different stakeholder priorities, these experts might opt for choices less about immediate problem-solving and more about long-term strategy and innovation.

  273. I think the most relevant tool used by the project managers in the video is communication. They all communicated to the stakeholders involved in their respective project in a calm manner.

  274. The video showcased three project managers who all utilized communication as a crucial tool when confronted with challenging decisions in their respective projects. In one instance, a project manager grappled with the tough decision of terminating a project. She effectively communicated with all stakeholders, outlining the available options for either continuing or cancelling the project, while also reinforcing the project’s core values. Another project manager faced a decision regarding a water shortage problem on their project. In response, this manager convened a meeting with key stakeholders to collaboratively determine the optimal solution.

    I believe that their approach would remain consistent in various contexts. The reasoning behind this is that effective communication with key stakeholders, seeking their perspectives on the issue, is a valuable strategy for navigating difficult decisions.

    1. For me I think communication is key and a good manner of approach no matter the challenge it is important to remain calm, think straight and always remind yourself what the main goal and target is no matter pressure also be open to suggestions no one is a monopoly of knowledge.

    2. From the video I watched I realized that they took the following into consideration while taking decisions
      1. Considered their team
      2.considered a means to communicate effectively
      3. The equipment and facility to be used

      4. Funding
      5. One had to collaborate with other companies to meet their goal

  275. 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.

  276. Critical situations require critical decisions. Most project managers are faced with taking
    tough decisions.

  277. Facing difficult situations and making difficult decisions are what make as a project manager effecient. The P.M foremost task is managing and that managing come with baggages. The 3P.M manage the their different situations very well individually because they are the people working directly with their teams, they know who they how and how possible best to communicate with them. One of the lessons I picked from all 3 P.M is always know your team, their weaknesses and strengths, and make a positive communication with them

    1. The three project managers were able to deal with the issues that arise in the project which did not align with the initial plans of the project. They recognised the importance of reconciling trade-offs between the elements of cost, time and quality and maintaned a balanced outlook, engaged project team and control communication to find viable solutions before the end of the project.

      1. The 3 project managers scenarios underscores the point that project manager thrive in problems and difficult situations.Their abilities to effectively manage these difficult situations were born out of excellent communication skills, stakeholder collaboration and timely decisions.

  278. Decision making is so important as as project manager, and also the use of effective communication. That would be needed pass out information knowing fully well that you are work with different people, from different backgrounds

  279. As a Pm of the skills one needs its the ability to tackle difficuilt situations as they arise. These decision although are not made in isolation, they are made and well thought through, weighing options, its benefits and downside to the clients and stakeholders involved. it is also important to effectively communicate to all persons involved in the programs to ensure that they undertstand while the program has be cancelled or delayed.
    another important skills for the PM is to master the art of forseeing´´ fore-knowing before hand issues that may arise before or during the program to avoid undue wastage of resources. As an international PM it is worth to note that use of language or language in itself can pose a difficult challenge. so you come fully prepared.

  280. The Three Project Managers from the video, all used an Important tool in dealing with difficult decision which they faced on their project, which is communication. One of the Project Manager was faced with a difficult decision of termination of a project, she had to communicate to all the stakeholders on the project, stating out all the options for continuing or cancelling the project, also reminding them about the values of the project. Another project manager was faced with a difficult decision on how to deal with water shortage problem on the project. The Project Manager had to call a meeting with all the key stakeholders on the project, to be able to come up with the best decision in solving the problem. I don’t think they will act differently in a different context because communication with all key stakeholders and getting their views on the problem will help in dealing with difficult decisions.

  281. For the difficult decisions taken by the project managers in the video, I believe they were quite professional in their respective approaches and dispositions. The following virtues could be gleaned from them: Ownership, Decisiveness, Openness, Transparency, Honesty, Humility & Selflessness

    1. Decision making is so important as as project manager, and also the use of effective communication. That would be needed pass out information knowing fully well that you are work with different people, from different backgrounds.

  282. After watching the three project managers in the video,I think they all used an important tool which was communication while taking effects decision. The video also reveal that a project manager needs to be flexible and not too rigid to accommodate unforeseen circumstances. If they acted differently the end result is the most important thing and in all, the major stakeholders should be carried along

  283. One of the most difficult task to take is choosing between different alternative course of actions, especially when it has to do with unprogrammed decision making. After carefully listening to the 3 Project Managers, I believe they took the best decision which was effective to the course!

  284. Decision-making is never an easy one when it comes to project management, The 3Pm made a vital decision that was beneficial to their project objectives or goal and also to their project team. In my Opinion, All 3 PM was able to manage the difficulties encountered effectively,. So, satisfactory delivery is most important especially in a case where the client have had a poor experience with different team.

  285. After watching the three project managers i the video,I think they all used an important tool which was communication while taking effects decision. The video also reveal that a project manager needs to be flexible and not too rigid to accommodate unforeseen circumstances. If they acted differently the end result is the most important thing and in al, the major stakeholders should be carried along.

  286. Challenges would arise in project and best way to resolve if faced with a difficult decision, ensure that you have all information on the table and also come up with the best possible solution to resolve. for example where a project is to be terminated, it is important that all facts are laid up against each other of what could be the result if a project is kept or terminated before a decision is finalized.

  287. Termination of project at early stage doesn’t equate waste of time and knowledge but it’s an added value. It give room for how to approach the project.

    1. The experience of the three project managers confirm that project management is not a matter of ‘1+1=2’. Rather, it shows that each project will be excellently delivered within the constraints of its unique circumstances.

      I have able to seduce the importance rubbing minds with other stakeholders in order to get fresh practicable and insights as well as support for executing them from others.

  288. I don’t think the three project managers in the video clip would have acted differently because the premises upon which their decisions were made emanated from their acquired skills and experience over the years.

    In case 1: Termination of project early.
    The truth is not all projects are bound to be successful. A successful project is not a completed project even though there are enough funds to finish it. If there are indications that the factors required for a project to be successfully completed are not favourable, I think it is the best thing to terminate it early in the interest of everyone on the project.

    Case 2: Challenge in providing adequate water requirements for a games venue.
    Project management is all about team work. When a project is being confronted a seemingly knotty issue as this, the onus lies on the project manager to engage all stakeholders on the project and brainstorm on how to solve the issue at hand. This is what the man involved in this case 2 did and at the end, everyone was happy as solution came.

  289. Dealing with difficult situations in project execution does require a combination of experience, intelligence, and a range of essential skills. A good project manager should have the ability to anticipate potential issues, make informed decisions, and effectively communicate with stakeholders to ensure the project stays on track. Experience from previous projects can be a valuable resource in navigating challenges and ensuring the project’s success. Balancing different aspects of a project and knowing when to stop or pivot is crucial for efficient project management.

  290. All the project managers might act differently but the result at the end will be the same. Their purpose is to deliver the project successful

  291. Project managers often times makes difficult decisions for the good of the company as copied from the video. However, all the team members should be carried along in whatever decisions that’s being made. What they could’ve done differently was to have an alternative backup plan should incase the first plan didn’t work.

  292. What was important for them in taking the decision here were
    -Effective Communication and
    -Collaboration
    In a different context I believe they wouldn’t have acted differently because these important actions taken is the key skill of any project manager.

  293. A project Manager thrives on problems. A lot is expected for the successful completion of a project. Hence, there’ll be times where the project manager would have to make difficult decisions. The main thing is that he should ensure everyone( Stakeholders, clients, team members) is carried along and there is no communication gap.

  294. As a project manager, you are going to face situations where you have to make tough decisions because the ultimate responsibility for that project is yours.

    One thing that is clear with the three managers is the fact that they ensured clear communication of the challenge, and involved all stakeholders in trying to find a great resolution, ultimately making the right decision for the project through collaboration. Also importantly, they took responsibility for the project.

    Every project is different, and of course, different projects have different contexts, but regardless of the project, I think that they would still make sure that
    communicating clearly and engaging stakeholders in reaching a resolution is paramount.

  295. Dealing with difficult decisions is part of the job as a project manager. What I love about them is thier proactively countering the challenges . As PM we need to have a broad understanding and architecture of the project, from venue to everything about the machines needed and etc. Time wasting is not accepted , we need to be actively in search for solutions. I love how they tackled it, it’s shows how passionate they want to get the job done, and which is somthing every PM should have at the back of their mind. Getting the job done.

  296. Isibhakhomen Angel Alimikhena

    Dealing with difficult decisions in a common challenge in project management, All three PM were able to navigate through some of these processes
    *Identify the problem
    *Gather information
    *Analyze option
    *Access risks
    *Consult stakeholders
    *Prioritize criteria
    *Make the decision
    *Communicate
    *Implement and monitor
    *Learn and adapt
    *Seek support
    Note: Not all decisions will have straight forward solutions.
    Developing strong decision-making skills is crucial for successful project management.

  297. What stood out for me from what all 3 project managers said was the importance and effective communication and collaboration. In solving difficult issues, different heads have to come together with different perspectives and ideas.

  298. Pulling a project could be frustrating really. However, if the organization has a higher priority. However, communicating this effectively to all stakeholder and reflecting on lesson learned are really important.
    The PM could act differently if he/she has a viable alternative to keep the project running and it’s well communicated.

  299. Decision making is a crucial part of becoming a project manager . All three PM’s were critical thinkers as they needed to mk decisions that was best for the project. Hence the project managers needed to do what was right to achieve set objectives.

  300. A project manager will have to make difficult decisions during a project. We just need to know that different situations require different approaches and decisions. The major thing is to be flexible and determined to solve the issue. In order to make a difficult decision a Project Manager should consider organizational values of the company, customer satisfaction and priority of the project

  301. Before starting any project, the result is to attain success by overcoming certain obstacles with your integrity intact was one of the most important thing to the three experts.

    Also, they explained that in the process of taking any decision as a project manager,you must set your priority straight, consider the organization’s norms and values, customer satisfaction and collaborate with stakeholders effectively.

    I don’t think any of them would have acted differently irrespective of the outcomes.

    1. Every business owner or entrepreneur always have to make difficult decisions during a project and a project manager is not left out. The organizational values of every company differs and as a project manager, this should always be considered. In having a successful project a project manager should consider applying different approaches and decisions in solving problems. Customer’s satisfaction is key for every project.

  302. Decision-making is not always an easy one in project management. the 3 P.M made effective decisions which was beneficial to their team and the project goal. Communication is key, carrying your team along about the status and state of the project and inconvenience is greatly important too which the 3 P.M did

    1. I think what prompt them to take that decision is firstly:the goals of projects and they are all concerned about the success of the project as well
      The project program manager also put into consideration the efforts that both the PM and teams has put into the project and the goals they have set to work towards and achieved
      Another on is the satisfaction of the clients which of them put into consideration
      As for me I don’t think they will react differently in as much as the project goals and vision remain unchanged

  303. In order to make a difficult decision a PM should consider organizational values of the company, customer satisfaction and priority of the project

    1. Well different issues require different decision in solving them the main thing is to be flexible and determine to solve the issues,and also look out for the organizational values of the company and priority of the project

  304. They might only react differently in a different context if the goal, expectations, values and interest in the project changes.

  305. The three experts mentioned challenging decisions they had to make in their respective projects, and it’s clear that several key factors were important to them in the decision-making process. Reflecting on their decisions and the factors influencing them, we can consider whether they would act differently in a different context and why:

    1. Prioritization of Resources and Stakeholder Concerns:
    – The first expert faced a difficult decision regarding the allocation of resources, specifically water supply, between a project and an event at the same venue. They had to weigh the priorities of the project against the concerns of the technical manager within the venue. The decision was influenced by the need to satisfy the demands of both projects while managing limited resources. In a different context, with different resource constraints and stakeholder concerns, they might make different decisions to balance priorities.

    2. Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement:
    – The second expert emphasized the importance of collaboration with relevant parties to solve a complex problem related to the water supply. They organized a meeting with various stakeholders, including the Scottish Water provider and the venue’s technical team, to find a solution. The decision was based on effective communication and collaboration. In a different context, the approach might differ based on the stakeholders involved and the nature of the problem.

    3. Change Management and Stakeholder Relations:
    – The third expert highlighted the challenge of managing changes in project timing and dealing with stakeholders’ evolving expectations. They mentioned that the way they interacted with stakeholders could influence the outcome. In a different context, they might adapt their communication and change management strategies to address evolving stakeholder concerns and expectations.

    These experts made decisions based on the specific challenges and constraints they faced in their projects. In a different context, with different challenges, stakeholders, and project requirements, they might adjust their approaches to decision-making. The key factors that influenced their decisions, such as resource allocation, collaboration, and stakeholder management, are likely to remain important, but the specific actions they take may vary to suit the context and project requirements.

  306. Different situations require different decisions. The major thing is to be flexible and determined to solve the issue.

  307. Maintaining one’s integrity is an unwavering responsibility for a project manager.

    Transparency is the linchpin when it comes to facing the challenges of difficult decisions. Whether divulging crucial information in group forums or engaging in one-on-one dialogues with stakeholders, this approach cushions the impact of such decisions. Consequently, consistent and open communication assumes the role of a keystone in ensuring a project’s success, while empathy lends a valuable hand in navigating complex scenarios.

    Regarding the insights gleaned from the three speakers, it becomes evident that their paramount consideration when making decisions is the contentment and comprehension of all stakeholders. The litmus test for any decision is whether it garners the satisfaction and understanding of the client, investors, project team, beneficiaries, and every other party involved.

    However, it’s important to recognize that a project manager’s modus operandi may adapt to suit the context at hand. The approach to decision-making varies based on the intricacies and exigencies of each unique project.

    In addition to transparency and empathy, project managers can employ strategies such as risk analysis, scenario planning, and involving stakeholders in the decision-making process to enhance their effectiveness when confronting challenging decisions. These methods ensure a comprehensive understanding of potential consequences and foster collective ownership of the decisions made.

  308. The three project managers had to take decision that is to save the project from losses from terminating projects from the onset,to taking impromptu decisions before thing becomes overhead

  309. 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

  310. The three context were different but their decisions were appropriate. As a project manager you need to prepare yourself for some certain challenges in case you encounter any problem on a certain project.

    1. it was revealed in the video that the three speakers had put their organisation, project and client at the forefront by ensuring when issues arose they collaborated by bringing the project team and the client into one room to discuss the issue. I don’t think they would have handled the issue in a different way if they were opportuned to

      1. From the video every P M must have the ability to handle any challenge that comes in during a project, carry everyone along, ability to communicate and be flexible also keep to the standard and value of the Organization. With this there should not another a different way.

  311. From the video , I learnt that when faced with difficult situations, I need to
    1. Communicate effectively
    2. Collaborate with stakeholders,
    3. Be flexible
    4. Stick to the company’d core values.
    They three pm will not act differently as long as the apply thesr principles.

  312. The three expert made decisions that were in the interest of the organisation, the impact on the team members and client. How to deliver a project that satisfies the needs of the client which involves collaboration among the stakeholders. The aspect ofadaptability and communication played a major role in the decision each expert made.

    I strongly believe that their decisions will be different if it was in a different context because an ideal decision would be made in the interest of everyone that is involved in the project

  313. A project manager must at all times protect his or her integrity. Putting all cards on the table either in group meetings or one on one discussion with stakeholders in a way cushions the impact in dealing with making difficult decisions. Hence, regular communication is key to a successful project and empathy plays a good role as well.

    In my opinion from the three speakers it is obvious that the most important for them in taking the decision is making sure that all the stakeholders are happy with the decision or understands the essence of the decision made. That is, in the long run the client or investor, the project team, the benefactors, and every other stakeholder is okay with the outcome.

    It is not certain that the project manager will act same way in a different context. The action or reaction taken in the course of handling a project will be determined base on the issue at hand.

  314. Effective Stakeholders Engagement and communication is key to maximally achieving project objectives within timeline. As project manager,
    – Communications is key,
    – Critical thinking is essential; weigh all options
    – Make a decisive approach to getting things done
    – Collect enough evidence and data before conclusion
    – Ensure all jobs are done within a given ethical code.

  315. When it comes to Project Management, Decision making is not easy task at all but that decision has to be made.
    A project manager must always be prepared to face difficult situations that will also require tough decision.
    The driving force for handling that situations are :
    1.The reputation of the Company or the organization.
    2.The satisfaction of the client and the people involved.
    3.They were able to achieve these by collaboration, proper communication and lastly adapting to the situation.

    If they were working in another context, they would prefer to do the same thing because these are the decisions that they think is the best and that will help for the success of the execution of the projects.

  316. Upon watching the video, it was revealed that the three speakers had put their organisation, project and client at the forefront by ensuring when issues arose they collaborated by bringing the project team and the client into one room to discuss the issue. I don’t think they would have handled the issue in a different way if they were opportuned to.

  317. After watching the video and listen to the decisions they had taken in their difficult time, a project manager need to be flexible, be able to communicate and negotiate effectively. In the case of language barrier which could be the one of the greatest key to a project progress. Ability to maintain the status in situations is required by a project manager.

  318. At one point, a prospective client requested our firm to develop a punzi scheme website them, that was against our organizational core value of Integrity. So we turn the juicy offer down because the service requirements falls out of our core value. That was really difficult.

  319. Their driving force for handling the problem was the reputation of the organization, satisfaction of the client and the people involved.
    They were able to achieve these by adapting to the situation, adequate communication and collaboration.

    If they were working in another context, they would have done the same thing because these are the things that will help the to successfully execute the projects.

  320. What was important to each of the three expert while making those decisions were in the interest of the organisation, the impact on the team members and client. How to deliver a project that satisfies the needs of the client which involves collaboration among the stakeholders. adaptability and communication played a major role in the decision each of them made.

    Yes, their decisions will be different if the context were different because best decisions would be made in the interest of all involved in the project

  321. The importance of effective decision-making in project management cannot be overstated. Decisions are the driving force behind the successful completion of a project. Here’s why decision-making is crucial in project management:

    Defines Project Direction: Decisions help establish the project’s objectives, scope, and overall direction. They clarify what the project aims to achieve, which is essential for aligning the team’s efforts.

    Resource Allocation: Decisions guide the allocation of resources, including human resources, time, and budget. Proper resource allocation ensures that the project stays on track and within budget.

    Risk Management: Decisions are essential in identifying and mitigating risks. Project managers must make informed decisions to address potential issues and uncertainties, minimizing the impact of adverse events.

    Task Prioritization: In complex projects, many tasks need to be completed simultaneously. Decisions are made to determine task priorities, ensuring that critical activities are completed in a logical sequence.

    Conflict Resolution: Inevitably, conflicts and disagreements can arise during a project. Effective decision-making helps resolve these conflicts, maintain team cohesion, and keep the project on course.

    Scope Control: Decisions are crucial in defining and controlling the project scope. Any changes to the scope, whether to expand or limit it, require careful decision-making to assess their impact on the project’s objectives.

    Quality Assurance: Decisions guide the quality standards for project deliverables. They ensure that the project adheres to predetermined quality criteria and that the end product meets the required standards.

    Communication: Decisions are central to communication within the project team and with stakeholders. Clear, well-informed decisions help keep everyone on the same page, fostering a shared understanding of project goals.

    Change Management: Project managers must make decisions about changes to the project, whether they involve scope, schedule, or resources. Effective change management decisions ensure that project adjustments are made systematically and with minimal disruption.

  322. I think as PM, communication is an effective tool and ability to adapt to changes whether technical change, environmental change, organizational change is important. As a PM should be proactive to enable him handle situations effectively.

  323. As a project manager, you should be ready for anything especially changes while running a project.
    Being proactive is very important and good communication cannot be overemphasized when dealing with people, both your team members, stakeholders and the project owner. That way, when there is a challenge or need for changes, it will be easier to pass that information.

    1. There is hardly a project that will not have challenges at one point or the other. Overcoming the challenge is the focus of the project manager as the project must be it’s goals. Project goals cannot just be changed but ways or steps to achieving the goals can be realigned

    2. As a project manager, having flexibility is key to dealing with difficult decisions. This is because some actions might change for each project. Moreso, PM have to take everything into consideration.

      In addition, collaboration and sustainable team work is a solution to difficult project decision.

  324. The following factors were important in taking the decisions they took:

    1. PM 1:To make sure the options of continuing vrs canceling the project are clearly set out.
    2. PM 1: To always ensure the governorship steering group lookes through the options and makes the decision to continue or discontinue a project in the interest of all. stakeholders.
    3. PM 1: To take note of the outputs and positives you can learn and salvage from the project.
    4. PM 1: To always point all stakeholders back to the goal or objective of the project. to avoid deviations and distractions.
    5. PM 1: To always be honest and transparent with stakeholders at every point of the project delivery .
    6. PM 1 :The Project manager sometimes needs to come to a compromise to meet the needs of the client.
    7. PM 2: To ensure there are always contingency plans in place to manage unforseen challenges and or emergencies.
    8. PM 2: To ensure all stakeholders on the project are satisfied with the deliverables.
    9. PM 2: Carrying all stakeholders on the project along for the best possible outcome.
    10. PM 3. To be able to perceive and bring together people from different languages and backgrounds to ensure they work together to successfully achieve the goal of the project

    Yes, I believe they would act differently in a different context because the senerio or situation may be different as such they will then have to make the best decisions in the interest of all stakeholders based on the challenges at that particular point in time on the project .

  325. What was important for the Project Managers while making those decisions were the interest of the organization, the impact on the project team members and clients and how to deliver a successful project that satisfies the needs of the client which requires collaboration among the stakeholders involved. Adaptability and communication played a major role in the decisions each of them made.

    1. In this case study, the absence of teamwork and communication within the group is evident. Successful projects require collaboration, as no one has all the answers. To maintain project quality and the company’s integrity, Kareen addressed the issue by consulting with John and colleagues. While research informed their decisions, involving William could have enhanced understanding. Communication, teamwork, and research enabled them to address project challenges and plan for potential risks.

  326. What I learnt from the 3pm is that as a project manager,you must adapt to change. The 3pm had different difficulties but the amazing part of it all is that they didn’t give up.They were able to put in some ethical decisions on how to solve the problems at hand.

  327. The goal of a project Manger should be how a project will be effectively completed and delivered to taste of his clients, in respective of the means or how it is done, so far the project was delivered as expected I think the three methods are good.

  328. The video offers several valuable lessons for project management:
    1.Flexibility and Adaptability: Projects often encounter unexpected challenges and changing circumstances. Being flexible and adaptable in your approach is crucial to finding solutions that accommodate both client desires and project feasibility.
    2. Ethical Considerations: Adhering to ethical principles, local values, and norms is essential. It not only ensures that decisions align with the client best interests but also helps build trust and goodwill.
    3. Balancing Stakeholder Interests: Striking a balance between what team manager want and what is practically feasible is a complex but essential aspect of project management. The story showcases the importance of finding a compromise that benefits all parties involved.
    4. Meticulous Planning and Problem-Solving: When faced with complex decisions, meticulous planning and problem-solving are crucial. The collaboration with others to get water to the site highlighted the need for a structured approach to overcome challenges.
    5. Cost and Inconvenience Considerations: Every decision in a project has implications, including financial costs and inconveniences. Evaluating these implications and finding ways to mitigate them is a fundamental aspect of project management.
    6. Dedication and Commitment: Successful project management often requires unwavering dedication and commitment to finding solutions, even when faced with difficulties of language barrier and setbacks.
    In summary, this story underscores the importance of balancing various factors, engaging with client, upholding ethics, and being adaptable in managing complex decisions in projects. These lessons can be applied to a wide range of project management scenarios to ensure successful outcomes.

    1. What was important for the three different PMs was mainly communication. From having to cancel a project to having a challenge with the venue to managing a project with people from different countries they all had to have effective communication with the teams involved. Also being able to gain something from the cancellation of the project and using that knowledge to work on another project ,being able to be flexible in order to come up with a solution and bring able to initiate communication between two people who do not speak the same native language these are all skills every project manager should have in order to ensure a successful project outcome

  329. What was important for the project managers in taking the decisions was majorly the interest of the organisation and the impact of their decision. Generally, decisions may defer depending on the context of the situation. So I believe the PMs would have taken a different decision depending on the situation they are dealing with.

  330. Every project manager must be ready to make difficult decisions when changes come up in the course of the project. The project managers all faced different challenges and had to make difficult decisions.

  331. After watching the video and seeing the decisions they had taken in that difficult position I would say as a PM, you need to be ready to be flexible and need to be able to communicate and negotiate effectively. In the case of language barrier which could be the one of the greatest barrier to a project progress. Ability to maintain the status quo in situations is needed by a PM and also having a Plan B

  332. What I learned from the 3 PMs is that Project Managers must be ready to adapt to change, make decisions in line with the ethics, values, and morals of the profession, communicate effectively, and goal-oriented

  333. I’ve picked up from the lesson that tension from a sponsor is normal at the start of a project, we as project managers need to understand them, make necessary compromise and make them satisfied with our work.
    This will enable us complete the projects smoothly and on a nice note. We can thereafter network with the stakeholders and build more connections.

    1. From the video , I learnt that as a Project Manager,you will be faced with difficult situations, your ability to come up with a solution to save the day is of topmost importance. Also been flexible and able to communicate well to the stakeholders and all team members is a huge skill that one must posses in other to come up with a lasting solution that will be benifical to all who are involved in the project . As Project Manager you must be always on your toe to make sure even in the face of challenges, you are able to take the best decision to save the day

  334. The 3 PM’s encounter different challenges and different ways of handling it as well was also spelt out. like in the case of the third PM, language challenge could be very difficult as i’ve encounter this before. working on a project where most of the people aren’t understanding what you are actually explaining due to language barrier. also, given a time frame for a project and it already late meanwhile the project is not ready is a treating issues as your mind wont be at rest until you have deliver the project as stipulated in your contract.
    in conclusion, different project manager encounters different challenges and have a very unique way of solving that.

    1. What I learnt about the difficulties the three PM is that they faced different challenges and at first it was disturbing and they were no nervous, but they also realized that the success of the project is so vital too, so they ensured to make ethical decisions which helped them in solving the issue at hand

  335. It is not easy to deal to make decision in a difficult situation but such decision must be made anyways otherwise achieving the goals of such project will not be easy at all. I encountered a similar case with the 2nd PM in the video, it took a bold decision to face the situation and addressing it boldly really gave my team a further insight to achieving the project goals. We are implementing a software migration for my company and we got stuck with our partner because we were not getting initial result we envisaged at the point of sign up, we cannot go back to the management, we dealt with it by unanimously looking for a alternative way to get the desired result. Till today, the software is still being used even after some of the most of the team members have either retired or moved to other companies.

    1. In my opinion, it is highly probable for them to exhibit different behavior in varying contexts.

      This is due to the influence of various factors like values and the surrounding environment. For instance, when faced with a shortage of water supply, if collaborating with other firms does not align with their objectives, they may explore alternative possibilities to address the issue.

      1. Decision making in challenging situations is one important task of a project manager. It determines the future of the project positively or negatively. As a project manager, I must be willing to carefully weigh all possible options before taking a decision.

  336. The 3 P.Ms made their decisions inorder to achieve success in the project,to satisfy their customers and to add value to their careers.

    I think they would probably make different decisions in different contexts because every decision made stems from the peculiarity of the problem,so yes the problem will determine the decision made eat every point in time.

  337. What I noticed from the 3 Project Managers is that they encountered change while the project was ongoing in which every project manager will definitely be ready for such and when change occurs, definitely tough and precise decisions have to be made to sustain the project. If you noticed for the water project when the water was not going to be enough for the event ,the PM had to call the stakeholders so that they will collaborate, agree on the additional requirement for the ongoing project since it was not in the scope initially. At the end of the day, the change was effected and the client payed for the contingency buffer so that the event can move on as planned.
    The lady PM on the other hand had issues with terminating project at an early stage. I like the approach she used in resolving the tough decision she will take which is knowing the negative and positive options of Cancelling or Continuing a project, which one is beneficial. Also after taking the appropriate decision, highlighting the lessons learnt after cancelling or continuing the project and communicating to stakeholders. This is vital because all stakeholders will need have a comprehensive information of what is happening in regards to the project.
    The last PM who is talking about how he managed to collaborate with team members despite having a different language set but still managed to achieve his goal as a PM by simply ensuring that he perceives the stakeholders in the project and communicate accordingly.
    In conclusion, Project Managers must be ready to adapt to change, make decisions inline with ethics/values/morals of the profession, communicate effective, and goal oriented

    1. Well explained and understood.

      You summed it all.

      PMs have to be proactive in all aspect and be ready for any outcomes.

  338. The 3 project managers are able to effectively do justice to there decision making when the time arised which is very pivotal for all PMs. PMs must be a problem solver to the extent of fearing to lose a project thinking of the capital invested and some manpower investment. Ability to make decision is a very critical skill to be embodied as a PM. Listen to your team comments and join it with your own opinion to arrived on a decision. And also communication is very essential.

    1. All PMs should be problem solvers….. Should have answers to all questions and solve all problems well envisaged or not.

    2. PMs should be proactive and always think on their feet as this will enable problems to be solved in a more proactive way.

  339. The following were important to them:
    1. Finding the way forward
    2. Communicating with stakeholders & teams
    3. Capturing lessons learnt
    4. Making an unconventional but necessary decision

    They would have acted in a differently in a different context because every project is unique and so is it’s challenges

  340. Project management requires management of resources to bringing forward a complete project. Hence, with regard to the challenges posed on the 3PMs, I think they were able to successfully manage it while employing sufficient strategy. They were able to achieve this haven taken time to develop themselves in the field. It’s worth learning from.

  341. The capacity to make judicious and pivotal decisions stands as an indispensable attribute within the arsenal of a proficient project manager. It is my firm belief that the three Project Managers (3PMs) admirably demonstrated their competence within the ambit of their respective projects, judiciously taking into account the prevailing circumstances, the information at their disposal, and an unwavering focus on the pre-established project objectives.

    These astute 3PMs exemplified a plethora of attributes emblematic of effective project management. Their prowess in communication was nothing short of exemplary, ensuring that the project team and stakeholders remained well-informed and engaged throughout. Moreover, their meticulous attention to detail was apparent, guaranteeing that no facet of the project escaped their scrutinous gaze. What truly set them apart, however, was their remarkable prescience regarding potential risks and a profound understanding of the ripple effect these risks could have on the ultimate project outcome. Despite the adversities they encountered, they adeptly orchestrated a harmonious collaborative atmosphere, resulting in a mutually beneficial denouement for all parties involved.

    It is conceivable that, had the situational landscape been disparate, the 3PMs might have adopted a different course of action. Nevertheless, their ability to navigate the circumstances at hand, adapting with sagacity, was noteworthy. In essence, their ability to make apt decisions in light of the prevailing conditions underscores their proficiency in the realm of project management.

  342. Being able to make a good decision as a Project Manager is very important. And from my look the 3 Project Manager’s take the best decision at that point. For instance, being able to bring people from different parts of the country and being able to convince them, that was I good one. Secondly, Communication and also being able to deliver the project on time was also a good.

  343. Decision-making is not always an easy one in project management. the 3 P.M made effective decisions which was beneficial to their team and the project goal. Communication is key, carrying your team along about the status and state of the project and inconvenience is greatly important too which the 3 P.M did

  344. Ability to take critical decision is a very vital quality of a project manager. I believe the 3PMs acted well on their respective projects given the situation on the ground, the information available to them and an eye on the already set goals of the project.
    The 3PMs displayed sound qualities of effective communication, attention to detail, keen foresight on potential risks and their corresponding effect on the final outcome of the project. Despite the inconvenience they were able to carry everyone along, so at the end it’s a win-win situation for all parties involved.
    Perhaps if the conditions on ground were different, they might have acted differently but nevertheless they handled it appropriately with what was on ground.

  345. In my own View, after listening to the three Project managers speak,
    Decisions were made based on the circumstances surrounding the decisions to be made.
    The most striking is effective communication in a clear and simple language to stakeholders
    which is a vital key in Project Management.
    Project Managers must be able to prioritize task, have a foresight and prepare for challenges
    anytime they present themselves.

  346. Decision-making is not always an easy one in project management, they make effective decisions which was beneficial to the team and the project goal .

  347. Project managers should understand that there utmost priority is to achieve the project goal. But to achieve the goal a lot of measures has to be taken, whereby all the stakeholders involved are carried along with an open mind, transparency by communicating the goals, fears and outcomes of a certain decision if needs to be changed or adjusted. However, everyone needs to be happy at the end of the projects.

  348. For the three PMs, instead of just solving the problems they faced at all cost or using unhanded methods, they ensured that the solutions they arrived at were a win-win for all parties involved. They were very clear and transparent and they handled issues with an open and curious mind. They also kept in mind that stakeholders involved in the same project had a common goal which aided them in resolving conflicts. As no two situation is exactly the same, I believe these project managers definitely would react differently in a different context (more in a manner best fit to resolve whatever situation they are facing).

  349. Decision Making is very key for a project manager and the 3 PM in the video were able to manage their difficulties efficiently and effectively.

  350. With the mindset that there is always a solution to any problem and that Project Managers thrive on chaos, I do believe they wouldn’t have acted differently.
    However, having the buy -in of your team is important to the success of any project as decisions have to be made collectively.

  351. Each decision they made was for the good of the project though may have been tough decisions, but it was necessary to ensure the effective communication and the need to get to the finish. They wouldn’t have done it differently if they were in a different situation for it was all for a common goal except they had all the resources and adequate budget to effect those changes.

  352. Decision making is not easy any way but decision has to be made. A project manager must always be prepared to make decisions.

  353. What was important for them in taking those decisions they took was the fact that they were accountable, responsible, collaborative and communicative. With all these skills, they were able to pull off their various huge projects.

    Yes, they would have acted differently in a different context if these ethics mentioned above weren’t put in place, and that would have made the projects very hard to complete. Rather, they were able to compromise at some stage, thereby giving them an edge.

  354. DEALING WITH DIFFICULT DECISIONS

    As a project manager, communication at the every stage of any project in context is key. this is the more reason why communication plan is very important and regular meetings with project stakeholders is very important.

    Taking a difficult decision to me is not a sole responsibilty of the project manager. Discussion would have been ongoing with the project stakeholders and a win-win situation would have been arrived at.

  355. In taking their decision, I think they focused more on these

    – proffering solution to the challenge
    – value addition
    – building relationship with the client

    I don’t think they would have acted differently in a different context

    Because, project management is also about anticipating risk and taking decisions to manage same within the confines of a project

  356. The whole aim or goal is to find a solution and come to a win-win outcome. At this point, you might be working under pressure but it’s all to get the issues fixed.

  357. Project Managers identified each project challenges, analysis it and communicate with the stakeholders the challenges and the best resolution. Which is the reason for regular detailed report being sent to stakeholders during project, this will keep them updated on the project.

  358. As a project manager, the decision they took was based on making sure all the parties involved can buy into the solutions they had to provide for the challenge before them, also making sure that the project is not terminated unexpectedly.

    And I don’t think they will act otherwise in other difficult situations because P.M always thrive in challenges like this and moreso it gives you more experience and knowledge when a particular issues is/are resolved either within the project team or stakeholders

  359. They wouldn’t have acted differently simply because the goal which is the project mapped is the priority of the Project Manager’s in order to set up quality standard as a reliable person and reputable organization and moreso the Project Manager’s were able to bring together people from different background to accomplish a goal.

  360. A good Project Manager thrives on difficulties. Also, a good PM works with his mind and keeps his eyes on the goal. So whenever there’s a difficult situation at hand, the PM puts his mind to work to quickly figure out ways to deal with the situation in order to still be able to achieve the agreed project goal(s). That was the situation with all the three project Managers in the video. They’re not likely to act differently in a different context except if the decision involves pulling out of the project before it is delivered.

  361. For all three PM’s, the goals that they had planned to achieve in the project was the most important therefore they had to work through all the difficulties to ensure that it was successful.
    Another important thing is the ability to effectively communicate the difficulties to the different stakeholders

  362. Making very wise, necessary, timely decision is another key quality of a project manager. Although some decisions like the once taken by these PM’s seemed difficult, yet they must be taken for the greater good.
    Thanks.

  363. The decision-making process for these experts was influenced by factors such as project constraints, stakeholder considerations, and risk assessment. In a different context, these factors would vary, and thus, the experts might make different decisions to adapt to the specific circumstances and optimize project outcomes.

  364. In my opinion, All three project Managers made sure they identified the challenges facing each projects after critical analysis and wasn’t afraid to communicate with their clients/sponsors of the best way to handle the situation.

  365. Making decision is an integral part of project management. As hard as some decisions can be you just have to make them. Also, communicate appropriately as a project manager.

  366. Communication with all stakeholders was important which the project managers did. I believe they would not act differently in a different situation because communication with stakeholders is important in any decision making

  367. Taking hard decision as Project manager is often required as this program has stated in some.of our lectures and considering the 3 Project managers decisions which feel was key as they couldn’t have done anything rather than take those decisions and at times these decisions i mean all 3 may come in the life of the same project at different times. Because communication is key in project management proper mode and language of communication need be developed to enhance the proper decision making. So also seeing a possible demand need as in the evnt and making adequate ,alternate solution to cater for the inadequacy carrying every stakeholder involved so no one is caught unaware as well as getting the matter provided for though at extra cost but to the satisfaction of the client. While lastly even with things done effectively there difficult time that have a closure or having to work outside of the stipulated period to get things done. Those are also tough decisions which need to be made and effectively seen through.

  368. As once said decision determine destiny and the outcome of endeavor.As project managers there are critical period our project execution.It is expedient that we embark on critical reasoning to think out of the box to make the best decision in the interest of our project.
    Some of these major decision may be based on the underlisted:
    i.Communication issue
    ii.Limited available resources to meet up a particular task
    iii.Decision to rent or outright purchase
    However, no matter the what the challenges may be, it is clear that there will always be away out of the dilemma,

  369. I think that, as a project manager, you should be ready for some hard decisions. Having foreseen pitfalls that cannot be managed or cannot be avoided, you don’t keep wasting resources or iu will end up sinking your name, the sponsor’s resources and other available resources. So, no, I don’t think they should have made another decision . Although, a PM is not to be rigid, adaptability is key in all projects being handled.

  370. Some decisions they took were quite hard to take but I think the did the right thing.
    They were proactive in their decision making.
    They involved the Stakeholders, team members and everyone supposedly involved in the project.
    l might have deal in the same way or different way as sometimes you need to find yourself in such situations to take certain actions in other to achieve a set goals

  371. All 3 project managers interviewed gave their best response in each difficult situation.
    I don’t think they will act different in other situations. I would have acted the same way in similar situations.
    I think what was important in the decisions each PM took in each situation is
    1. For first PM to terminate a project early, he considered all available options, then communicated his decision
    2. For the second PM, be positive, take lessons, seek for solutions. Also take your stakeholders back to the goals set to be achieved, make compromise to meet the needs of stakeholders.
    3. For the 3rd PM, working in a foreign with different language was a challenge but find a way to communicate and meet the needs of stakeholders will ensure a successful project.

  372. All three project Managers responded and we’re proactive in their decision making.
    From communicating with Stakeholders, collaborating with team members ensuring that the situation were handled and managed effectively as to meet the isls and objectives set out.
    Handling or dealing with situations and projects differ, so l might have deal in the same way or different way .

  373. well even though painful according to of the speaker, they have to close the ahead of schedule, but to achieve this they had call a stake holders meeting to discus the situations and the end of the day; sacrifices, compromises were made just to ensure the client get what they want.

    1. From the video, I deduced that the Project Managers relied greatly on the power of collaborations and compromise when they encountered these difficult situations.
      They had to remind stakeholders of their initial joint goals and were able to get them to an agreement that worked out for everyone.

      No, I don’t think they should have acted differently in a different context because these are skills required for all situations.

  374. As a good project manager, communication is very vital. You have to communicate with your team members and ensure you are open-minded to learning and making constructive decisions in difficult situations.

    1. Each project can bring it’s unique set of difficulties but mastering the decision-making challenges is essential for successful project management

      1. Sometimes it can be very difficult to make some decisions against some people especially when there’s some form of friendship or attachment to them but for the sake of the project success, it’s crucial that such decisions are made..

  375. The three PMs made their decisions based on the circumstance surrounding the decisions to be made. But one thing is certain effective communication is key. the project manager must have foresight and prepare for challenges ahead of time

  376. As a project manager one need to be a transparent as possible, effectively communicate with the clients and team members on whatever challenges that occur during the project. It can be frustrating getting a negative feedback of customers dissatisfaction but being able to balance it with lots of empathy will make the clients believe in your sincerity and honesty.

  377. As a PM, communication is very important and it is key to effective project delivery. When there is an effective communication and stakeholders management plan, taking decisions are not as difficult as it seems.

  378. To every difficult situation has to be treated by its own peculiar circumstances. However, if they would have acted differently? it depends on the circumstance of the case.
    Above all, collaboration, open mindedness, communication and good negotiation skills are required to scale through.

  379. Dealing with difficult decisions in a project can be challenging, but it’s an essential part of effective project management. Here’s a step-by-step approach to handling such situations:

    1. Define the Problem:** Clearly identify the specific issue or decision that needs to be addressed. Break it down into its essential components to understand the root cause and implications.

    2. Gather Information:** Collect all relevant data and information that can help you make an informed decision. This may include project documentation, stakeholder input, cost-benefit analyses, and risk assessments.

    3. Consult Stakeholders:** Involve key stakeholders in the decision-making process. Gather input from team members, clients, and other relevant parties. Their perspectives can provide valuable insights and ensure that decisions align with project goals.

    4. Evaluate Options:** Brainstorm and analyze various solutions or alternatives to the problem. Assess the potential outcomes, risks, and benefits associated with each option.

    5. Ethical Considerations:** Consider the ethical implications of each option. Will the decision uphold ethical standards, maintain transparency, and treat all stakeholders fairly?

    6. Impact Analysis:** Assess the potential impact of each decision on the project’s timeline, budget, quality, and scope. Consider both short-term and long-term consequences.

    7. Risk Assessment:** Evaluate the risks associated with each option. Identify potential obstacles, uncertainties, and the likelihood of success or failure.

    8. Decision-Making Framework:** Use a structured decision-making framework, such as a decision matrix or a weighted scoring system, to objectively compare and prioritize options.

    9. Consult with Experts:** If the decision involves specialized knowledge or expertise, consult with subject matter experts who can provide insights and guidance.

    10. Make the Decision:** Based on the information, analysis, and input gathered, make a well-informed decision. Document the decision-making process, including the rationale behind your choice.

    11. Communicate Clearly:** Communicate the decision to all relevant stakeholders in a clear and transparent manner. Explain the reasoning behind the decision and address any concerns or questions.

    12. Implement and Monitor:** Put the decision into action and closely monitor its execution. Track the outcomes and be prepared to adjust if necessary.

    13. Document Everything:** Maintain thorough records of the decision and its outcomes. This documentation can be valuable for future reference, audits, or lessons learned.

    14. Seek Feedback: After the decision has been implemented, seek feedback from stakeholders to assess its effectiveness and any unintended consequences.

  380. I think they all did their best in managing the situation from communication to carrying the stakeholders along and ensuring the situation was maned.
    Given the scenario, I would have probably done same.

    With more experienced gathered and technology advancement, for communication on international projects, I will hire someone who is fluent in the language as a member of the team for the duration of the project.

  381. Making sound decisions, especially under pressure, is essential. As a PM one can use a structured decision-making process, consider all available information, involve the project team, and seek expert advice when needed.
    Ultimately, a project manager’s ability to make good decisions relies on effective planning, communication, risk management, and the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances. Regularly assessing the project’s status and being proactive in addressing challenges are key to successful decision-making in project management.

    1. As a PM learning to use emotional intelligence in Making decisions under pressure or difficult situation is key. You shouldn’t let your emotions make your decisions, communicate effectively to your stake holders and team members. State the situation, seek result driven opinions, lay out a plan and execute at once with everyone involved…

  382. In my opinion, all three projects managers acted accordingly in the situation. From collaboration, communicating, seeing things in a positive light in the event of having to end a project before it is delivered, to having a language barrier.

    When managing a project it is important to carry all team members and stakeholders along just like the first project manager did by communicating the problems and then collaborating to solve the problem of the water source.

  383. Making certain critical decisions concerning a project is usually not easy, however, the project manager must look into the benefits and effects of such decisions on team members and the project before making the decision.

  384. I believe every difficult situation has to be treated by its own peculiar circumstances. So, on if they would have acted differently? it depends on the circumstance of the case.
    Above all, collaboration, open mindedness, communication and good negotiation skills are required to scale through.

  385. What was important to the three project managers was to ensure that they they reaches the goal of the project despite the obstacles. Their approach to addressing their peculiar obstacle worked out well. They ensured delivery, time management, resource management and well communicated information.

  386. The three Managers responded to the challenges differently and obviously based on their respective track records of experience and engaging in related projects tasks.

    The third manager with language barrier and difficulty could have hired a linguistic expert to help guide him in taking key decision as the project progress.

  387. “communication is about 80%”…this highlights the importance of the key skill of. Communication to a Project Manager.

    Bringing stakeholders together and passing information to them at critical moments requires high tact and tentative skill set.

  388. 1) PM was interested in getting all stakeholders on the same page despite the difficult circumstance of project termination. She would act differently if she were in a position of finding her self on the defensive if termination was blamed on her shortcomings or if stakeholders were not receptive to a discussion.
    2) Finding a solution that was mutually acceptable to both event hosts was priority for this PM. He would have acted differently if one or both of the hosts were unwilling to reach a compromise because that would have made him have to look towards making the project success a priority.
    3) Communication is always important for a PM but if he was in an environment were language was not a barrier, his approach to such projects would have been different in that more energy would be focused on other areas since there would be little gap in communication.

  389. The objective of the project and its impact on stakeholders were the most important factors in the decision-making process for all three project managers. I believe that they would all make different decisions in different contexts, given the same project requirements and resources.

  390. As a professional project manager, taking a decision must build good rapport with all the stakeholders in to Forster future business relationship.
    Manager1: cancelling a project is not a good idea. The client might size your ability with that and not like to do business with you in the future. To me, you can partner with another manager in order to complete the project. With this , technical know out can be shared and make you a better manager
    Manager2: This manager handled the situation they way I will do, try to schedule meeting upon meeting in order to get the best.
    Manager3: Language barrier shouldn’t hinder project execution. I will learn simple language terms of that country, employ interpreter and sign gestures can be of help.

  391. In all honesty, I can’t imagine a scenario where they could or should have acted differently. they did the best (at that moment) for the organisation and team members