Project leaders have a good understanding and knowledge about their environment. Block, Keane Consulting, Wideman, Shenhar, Kliem, and Anderson all recognize the importance of context. They understand the environment of the project. They also understand the forces that will affect the project's outcome, both explicit and implicit factors. By understanding the context of their projects, they can develop appropriate strategies and tactics to achieve results, both from behavioral and mechanical perspectives.
From a people perspective, many projects fail because they are in tune solely with the explicit factors of context, e.g., policies and procedures to follow. However, they tend to ignore or overlook implicit factors, such as politics, values, and mores. The result is often that projects are "sideswiped" by issues that no one considered .