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The Psychological Value of Execution

The Psychological Value of Execution
By Steve Prentice

Many people who formally learn Project Management for the first time, whether they are completely new to the field, or have been informally taught through a series of crisis-laden past experiences, are somewhat taken aback by the five phase PMI approach (Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control and Closure), feeling that it has four items too many. A project, after all, should be about doing something, not thinking about it, right?

But as every project manager who has survived a project knows, these five phases are each there for a reason. Each has a role to play and each is as important as the other, regardless of duration, and regardless of the technologies employed.

Ultimately Project Management is about getting people to do things on time, on budget and correctly, which means that as a complement to a full understanding of its scope and effective planning of the actions involved, a project must also employ a great deal of psychology and leadership to best inspire the team to work to the standard required. Read the Complete Article

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