Project Management

A selection of business English discussion questions.

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  1. What sort of qualities are needed to be a good project manager? Do you have these qualities?
  2. What are the most important factors to consider when planning a new project?
  3. Is it always necessary to hire a professional project manager to ensure a project's success?
  4. Should a project manager take all the decisions alone or involve team members in the decision-making process?
  5. Have you ever been involved in a successful project? What did you contribute to its success?
  6. What are the main reasons why large-scale projects fail?
  7. Have you ever been involved in a project which failed? What went wrong and who was to blame?
  8. How can a project manager ensure that individuals work as a team?
  9. How can a project manager ensure that there is good communication within a project team?
  10. Is conflict within a team always a bad thing?
  11. Have you ever used an online project management tool? Are these tools the future of project management?
  12. Do you think the way projects are planned and carried out will change in the next 50 years?
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