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What is the human factor in project management?

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A term that I'm increasingly seeing in PM articles is the "human factor". What is it? Is the human factor just another buzzword in project management? Does it mean that the project manager should remember that those working under him are humans and not machines, and thus they have many limitations, and that he should take those limitations into consideration when developing the project schedule?
asked 7 years ago by anonymous

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In project management, the human factor means that the human resources are a factor in the success or the failure of the project.

A motivated, happy, productive, and confident project team can turn a project that will most likely fail into a successful project, and a non motivated, unhappy, non-productive, and a non-confident project team do the complete opposite to projects that will most likely succeed.

The project manager is responsible for the human factor through:

- Motivating his team members
- Ensuring that no team member is over-allocated
- Ensuring that all conflicts are resolved on the spot, and there is no bad blood between team members
- Shield his human resources from the client and from the stakeholders
- Exhibit leadership skills so that team members will "want" to work under him.
- Keep his promises to his team members (breaking a promise is a huge demotivator)
- Provide compassion to his team members when they need compassion
- Treat his team members with respect

In short, the human factor is that the project manager ensures that each one of his team members has satisfied the "Esteem" and the "Self Actualization" part of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
answered 7 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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