Behavioral Project Management – a conversation with Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP

Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP, shares his insights on the case for behavior-based project management and how we can apply its principles to deliver successful projects

Benoit Hardy-Vallée says that projects often fail because organizations put more emphasis on rational factors than on employees’ psychological engagement — and the cost to organizations is enormous. Benoit suggests a different, more powerful approach: behavior-based project management. This approach enables organizations to gain higher levels of emotional commitment and performance from their project team members and increased levels of emotional involvement from stakeholders in a way that improves both engagement and performance. Behavior-based project management uses scientific research on human nature and the workplace to develop more effective project teams and to enable better project delivery. In this interview, Benoit shares his insights on behavior-based project management and how we can apply its principles in our projects.

Benoit is a Consulting Manager with Gallup. He supports organizations in defining and achieving business objectives using behavioral economic methods. He advises clients on strategies that increase organizational productivity and create sustainable growth.

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In this interview, we discuss the following:

  • You have an amazing background as a project manager with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a background in economics, neuroscience, and social studies. Tell us a little bit about you and how you got interested in project management.
  • You are currently an engagement manager with the Gallup organization. Tell us about your role and the work you do within the Gallup consulting group.
  • In your recent article “The Cost of Bad Project Management”, you cite some astounding statistics on project failure. Tell us a little bit about these statistics and why organizations haven’t become better at managing projects, especially large ones in the IT sector?
  • You say that Behavior-based project management applies the principles of behavioral economics to manage an organization’s emotional economy. What is Behavior-based project management and what differentiates it from traditional project management?
  • You also say that project managers successfully manage people and processes by understanding and putting into practice three key principles: Project team member engagement, Stakeholder engagement, Optimizing performance. Can you elaborate on these principles?
  • Another point you make is that to implement a behavior-based project management approach, Gallup recommends intervention at the organizational, project management office, and project team levels for optimum impact and results. What advice do you have for project managers who want to try to implement behavior-based project management?
  • I am interested in the research you have done in Neuroeconomics. Can you give us a brief description of Neuroeconomics and what are some of the insights from this fields that can be useful in the practice of leading projects?
  • What type of projects are you working on these days and what is next for you?

More about Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP:

Benoit has worked with clients in the financial, manufacturing, aerospace, food and beverage and retail industry. Prior to joining Gallup, Hardy-Vallée was a practice manager at a strategic consulting firm in Toronto. He led a variety of engagements in the utilities, IT, and financial services sectors, and his responsibilities included research and analytics, benchmarking, strategic planning and methodology design. He received his doctorate in Philosophy from Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France and completed a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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Behavioral Project Management – a conversation with Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP

Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP, shares his insights on the case for behavior-based project management and how we can apply its principles to deliver successful projects

Benoit Hardy-Vallée says that projects often fail because organizations put more emphasis on rational factors than on employees’ psychological engagement — and the cost to organizations is enormous. Benoit suggests a different, more powerful approach: behavior-based project management. This approach enables organizations to gain higher levels of emotional commitment and performance from their project team members and increased levels of emotional involvement from stakeholders in a way that improves both engagement and performance. Behavior-based project management uses scientific research on human nature and the workplace to develop more effective project teams and to enable better project delivery. In this interview, Benoit shares his insights on behavior-based project management and how we can apply its principles in our projects.

Benoit is a Consulting Manager with Gallup. He supports organizations in defining and achieving business objectives using behavioral economic methods. He advises clients on strategies that increase organizational productivity and create sustainable growth.

The Interview

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In this interview, we discuss the following:

  • You have an amazing background as a project manager with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a background in economics, neuroscience, and social studies. Tell us a little bit about you and how you got interested in project management.
  • You are currently an engagement manager with the Gallup organization. Tell us about your role and the work you do within the Gallup consulting group.
  • In your recent article “The Cost of Bad Project Management”, you cite some astounding statistics on project failure. Tell us a little bit about these statistics and why organizations haven’t become better at managing projects, especially large ones in the IT sector?
  • You say that Behavior-based project management applies the principles of behavioral economics to manage an organization’s emotional economy. What is Behavior-based project management and what differentiates it from traditional project management?
  • You also say that project managers successfully manage people and processes by understanding and putting into practice three key principles: Project team member engagement, Stakeholder engagement, Optimizing performance. Can you elaborate on these principles?
  • Another point you make is that to implement a behavior-based project management approach, Gallup recommends intervention at the organizational, project management office, and project team levels for optimum impact and results. What advice do you have for project managers who want to try to implement behavior-based project management?
  • I am interested in the research you have done in Neuroeconomics. Can you give us a brief description of Neuroeconomics and what are some of the insights from this fields that can be useful in the practice of leading projects?
  • What type of projects are you working on these days and what is next for you?

More about Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP:

Benoit has worked with clients in the financial, manufacturing, aerospace, food and beverage and retail industry. Prior to joining Gallup, Hardy-Vallée was a practice manager at a strategic consulting firm in Toronto. He led a variety of engagements in the utilities, IT, and financial services sectors, and his responsibilities included research and analytics, benchmarking, strategic planning and methodology design. He received his doctorate in Philosophy from Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France and completed a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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Behavioral Project Management – a conversation with Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP

Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP, shares his insights on the case for behavior-based project management and how we can apply its principles to deliver successful projects

Benoit Hardy-Vallée says that projects often fail because organizations put more emphasis on rational factors than on employees’ psychological engagement — and the cost to organizations is enormous. Benoit suggests a different, more powerful approach: behavior-based project management. This approach enables organizations to gain higher levels of emotional commitment and performance from their project team members and increased levels of emotional involvement from stakeholders in a way that improves both engagement and performance. Behavior-based project management uses scientific research on human nature and the workplace to develop more effective project teams and to enable better project delivery. In this interview, Benoit shares his insights on behavior-based project management and how we can apply its principles in our projects.

Benoit is a Consulting Manager with Gallup. He supports organizations in defining and achieving business objectives using behavioral economic methods. He advises clients on strategies that increase organizational productivity and create sustainable growth.

The Interview

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In this interview, we discuss the following:

  • You have an amazing background as a project manager with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a background in economics, neuroscience, and social studies. Tell us a little bit about you and how you got interested in project management.
  • You are currently an engagement manager with the Gallup organization. Tell us about your role and the work you do within the Gallup consulting group.
  • In your recent article “The Cost of Bad Project Management”, you cite some astounding statistics on project failure. Tell us a little bit about these statistics and why organizations haven’t become better at managing projects, especially large ones in the IT sector?
  • You say that Behavior-based project management applies the principles of behavioral economics to manage an organization’s emotional economy. What is Behavior-based project management and what differentiates it from traditional project management?
  • You also say that project managers successfully manage people and processes by understanding and putting into practice three key principles: Project team member engagement, Stakeholder engagement, Optimizing performance. Can you elaborate on these principles?
  • Another point you make is that to implement a behavior-based project management approach, Gallup recommends intervention at the organizational, project management office, and project team levels for optimum impact and results. What advice do you have for project managers who want to try to implement behavior-based project management?
  • I am interested in the research you have done in Neuroeconomics. Can you give us a brief description of Neuroeconomics and what are some of the insights from this fields that can be useful in the practice of leading projects?
  • What type of projects are you working on these days and what is next for you?

More about Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Ph.D., PMP:

Benoit has worked with clients in the financial, manufacturing, aerospace, food and beverage and retail industry. Prior to joining Gallup, Hardy-Vallée was a practice manager at a strategic consulting firm in Toronto. He led a variety of engagements in the utilities, IT, and financial services sectors, and his responsibilities included research and analytics, benchmarking, strategic planning and methodology design. He received his doctorate in Philosophy from Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France and completed a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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