Top 3 Project Management Applications for Vietnam

It is important for every PM to research cultural differences when partnering with foreign clients. Here are some things you should know when working with business partners in Vietnam.

Corporate Etiquette in Vietnam

During any first meeting, exchange business cards using both hands, anticipate needing an interpreter, and secure one in advance. In general, the Vietnamese will be punctual and will expect the same from you, but if you’re late due to unforeseen issues, they will try to accommodate.

In Vietnam, government and business go hand in hand, obtaining permits and licenses is slow and corruption is extensive, so incorporate additional time and resources when planning your project. The Vietnamese are eager to please and don’t like confrontation, so double check all agreements, and keep a close eye on progress.

Top 3 Project Management Applications for Vietnam

Take care to choose software products that will produce the most cohesive project management process possible. Here are our recommendations for the Vietnamese market.

Cloud Computing in Vietnam

Vietnam is #24 on the 2016 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard. The Vietnamese are developing cyberlaws to improve the digital economy and enable cloud computing, however, trade barriers may hinder advancement.

There is room for improvement in cybercrime and privacy legislation. Interoperability and government procurement issues slow progress further. While IT infrastructure growth is present, broadband permeation remains low in Vietnam.


When working with Vietnamese colleagues, be sure to allow for their IT infrastructure limitations. Select carefully the collaborative software that works best for them. Integrate extra time and money to account for delays and additional costs created by the slow of governmental influence in business dealings. Remember that polite responses may not mean agreement, so circle back often to make sure your team is on course. Taking these things into account will pave the way to a successful project outcome.

Rebekah Peterman

Rebekah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and a Master of Science Degree in Personnel Services in the School of Education. She’s participated in projects including editing/writing/publishing and blog articles, and is currently writing informative articles on the topic of project management.