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I’m your host, Kaye B and we are talking about recognize, evaluate, and respond to system interactions
A system is a set of interacting and interdependent components that function as a unified whole. When you really look at it, projects are systems because it’s dynamic and multifaceted. In detail, what we call “systems thinking” entails taking a holistic view of how parts of a project interact with each other and with external systems. Systems are constantly changing, requiring consistent attention to internal and external conditions. When you are responsive to system interactions, it allows project teams to leverage positive outcomes. Such as:
· Clear communication of plans, progress and projections to relevant stakeholders,
· Ability to see synergies and savings between aligned projects or initiatives
· More comprehensive and informed identification of risks.
There are some skills that support a systems view of the project. These are some but not limited to
· Empathy with the business areas
· Critical thinking with a big-picture focus
· Seeking external review and advice
By understanding interactivity among systems, project team members can engage and contribute effectively and help to increase the probability that the project system works.
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