How to Apply Project Management in the Middle East, Egypt


By Samar Sherif Saleh



There are many books about how to manage projects, teams and stakeholders but the most recognized all over the world is the PMBOK (Project management body of knowledge) which gives you basic knowledge about project management policy and procedures, tools and techniques. They are trying to make as real and achievable as possible not just theories like the mathematical equations we study in school and college (but never use in practice, we just memorize them).  What we are trying to do here is to explain the PMBOK in more specific detailed method to be applied in the real Egyptian community.

Why have I specified Egypt? Can’t project management generally be applied anywhere? In fact yes, but it needs modification to fit the situation. The Egyptian community has some characteristics which need to be known and revealed so you can adjust your management methods to handle your project, team and stakeholders, in a way without losing control over the project and to maintain your team’s enthusiasm and interests in the project.  It will also increase their productivity.

Therefore, we will try to simplify the PMBOK and see how we can apply it in practical Egyptian way.

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself so you can have a successful practice for project management in Egypt or any culture different than yours.

Firstly, you need to know why should people listen to you?

Secondly, how can you treat your team to get the best out of them and increase their productivity and to keep their interests in the project?

Thirdly, what do you need to know about yourself and the people you are dealing with, their culture, attitude and behavior…etc?

Fourthly, PMBOK in real Egyptian life (Article 2)

Many project managers reached their position due the hierarchy of ranking, luck or bias…


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About the Author

flag-egyptsamar-sherifSamar Sherif

Samar Sherif is in her mid-age life; currently she is working as project quality coordinator in Siemens headquarter healthcare sector in Egypt.  Previously she worked at Siemens’ office in a children’s cancer hospital as a site service engineer. Meanwhile she was trying to discover the Egyptian employees’ attitude as it’s the most influential factor in her country for being known as a third world country. This causes her a frustration as she loves her country very much and feels jealous.

Project management plays a major role in countries’ development and progress.  Attitude from the employee + Professional practice of PM à successful employee + productivity increase.

As PM requires special qualities, which are not found in most of Egyptian employees, so if we tried to highlight those qualities and develop them in the employee, we will gain both successful employee and project productivity will increase.  Therefore, she started to study Project Management Professional (PMP®) at RITI, then got the PMP certification. So when she talks to someone about project management she would have some creditability. Samar wants to increase the community awareness of project management’s importance and its effect on the community, so she starts to write about it, hoping it will contribute to her community development.  She can be contacted at [email protected]