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Mike is a seasoned project manager who has been tasked with mentoring Bernard, a junior project manager. During a mentoring session, Mike shares about the importance of regularly monitoring enterprise environmental factors. Bernard shows confusion and asks Mike to explain why he should be concerned with something that is out of his control. What is Mike most likely to reply as the primary cause?

A Enterprise environmental factors may positively or negatively affect a project.

Although enterprise environmental factors (i.e., marketplace conditions, changing federal regulations) are out of a project manager’s control, they may result in an outcome that affects a project. A project manager should be regularly surveying both internal and external changes to the business environment to appropriately identify and manage risk to the project.