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TOPIC: PROJECT CONFLICT

PROJECT CONFLICT 2 years 8 months ago #9184

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Dear all, please which of these is more to cause conflicts / problems on a project? i.e. Communication or Schedule ?

PROJECT CONFLICT 2 years 7 months ago #9323

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PROJECT CONFLICT 2 years 7 months ago #9327

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Henry,

Lack of, or poor communication, is more likely to cause conflict in my opinion.

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PROJECT CONFLICT 2 years 7 months ago #9331

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This is a good topic for debate, but I think what everyone really wants to know, is what does PMI think?

According to Rita - and most of the internet -

1. Schedules
2. Project Priorities
3. Resources
4. Technical Opinions
5. Administrative Procedures
6. Cost
7. Personalties

PROJECT CONFLICT 2 years 7 months ago #9334

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Here is a good article on the PMI website on communication: www.pmi.org/learning/library/effective-c...ject-management-6480 I haven't read it all the way through yet but it looks interesting.

The reason I say communication is that most of the items in the list go awry and can result in conflict due to poor or ineffective communication and project managers generally spend 90% of their time on communication.

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PROJECT CONFLICT 2 years 7 months ago #9338

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This is indeed an interesting topic. However, it's hard to say how the PMI "ranks" difference sources of conflict. All they say is the following: "Conflict is inevitable in a project environment. Sources of conflict include scarce resources, scheduling priorities, and personal work styles." (Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2013, Page 282.)

I think it's pretty in alignment with what Rita Mulcahy is saying in her book, PMP Exam Prep, Eight Edition, 2013. Base on my personal experience, I tend to agree with this order, with only one exception - sometimes personalities with dominated egos will prevail on top of everything else, so you will get a conflict in places and at times where you expect them the least.

As always, an answer to a particular question on the actual PMP exam will strongly depend on the context in which the question is worded. We always recommend that while taking their exam, prospective PMP aspirants will make reasonable assumptions based on all AVAILABLE information in the question and select the BEST answer among the choices given.

Good luck with the preparations!
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Stan
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