Projects are Easy. People are Hard.

A presentation at FITC in in Toronto, ON, Canada by Bermon Painter

Somewhere, a project is failing. It may be your project and you aren’t even aware yet. More than likely the project isn’t failing because it’s difficult, or the budget ran out, or because there wasn’t a market fit. The project is failing because of people. People are anything but stable and introduce communication problems, staffing problems, politics, disenchantment with the client or stakeholders, and often result in lack of motivation on projects. It doesn’t matter what methodology you use to scope, design, and implement a project if you’re unable to deal with the underlying people issues because people are hard and people are what cause project failures.

Five Things Audience Members Will Learn:

  1. The irrational, impulsive, and emotionally driven challenges people introduce on projects
  2. Overcoming different communication styles, engaging in successful conflict, setting expectations, and navigating politics successfully
  3. Guidelines to effectively handle conversations
  4. Communication techniques to help overcome people problems
  5. Understand how to actively listen, effectively demonstrate empathy, and overcome biases that create extra risks and result in project failures.