As we are in the thick of it following our favorite athletes grace the Olympic stage and podium at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, I’m always amazed at the enormity, sweat equity, planning and cost that result in the Winter Games capturing the world’s attention every four years.Â From a project manager’s point of view each and every Olympic project has become an amazing case study in what works and fails in planning and managing large-scale projects, and nothing remains more true in this statement than with these current games in Sochi.
In a few weeks, the world’s largest IT fair will congregate on the grounds of the Deutsche Messe in Hannover.Â The theme of this year’s CeBIT is “Datability” which is a clever combination of the word data and the termsÂ sustainability and responsibility. Ever since the Edward Snowden affair and its connection to the NSA and British intelligence agency GCHQ, the subject of data protection and data security has dominated the media with countless debates on this subject matter.Â Hence CeBIT ’s response presenting its “Datability” theme focusing on solutions that aim to improve the usability and protection of proprietary data.
I recently got hooked on to the TV show “Suits.” Set at a tier-one Manhattan law firm Pearson Hardman, the series centers around Harvey Specter (the firmsÂ “Closer”) and his prodigy associate Mike Ross (the College drop out with a photographic memory) power brokering under the leadership of Jessica Pearson.Â The show not only draws you into the high pressure lifestyle of well-dressed attorneys, but provides an interesting glimpse into the genius minds of professionals that deliver superior results by demonstrating the importance of effectively leveraging stakeholders to win cases and improve their position in the firm they serve.Â The
When you think ofÂ the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, it cannot exist without a turkey dinner cooked to perfection.Â By no means a simple bird to cook.Â The perfectly cooked turkey requires the careful care in its seasoning, basting and carving.Â Â However a perfectly cooked turducken will take your culinary expertise to the next level!
For those who are unfamiliar with a turducken dinner, it’s the ultimate bird dinner combination in which a duck is stuffed with a chicken, then the duck is stuffed in a turkey and then carefully cooked so that each unique poultry and its flavours together deliver a
New Orleans, host city to PMI Congress 2013, can teach you a trick or two in the value unified goals can bring to successful projects
This year’s Project Management Institute (PMI) Congress was hosted in the “Big Easy” combining highly informative sessions and thought leadership in project management along with the party atmosphere the City of New Orleans is famous for.Â As it was my first trip to New Orleans it quickly became apparent to me that the city’s economy is highly dependent on tourism with Mardi Gras at the center of it all.
Although Bill Gates sees “Ctrl+Alt+Del” as a mistake, for many organizations it is a critical feature for the success of their projects
Recently in the news, a Harvard University Interview with Bill Gates has piqued the attention of the technology world in which Gates admitted that the Ctrl+Alt+ Del command perhaps was a mistake in design.Â He stated that although he suggested a single button to turn on or re-boot PCs, it was IBM’s designer who had required the 3 key combination. That being said, Ctrl+Alt+Del went on to be famous for helping fix the common “Blue screen of death” we’ve all encountered during the many PC crashes over the years.Â More than the actual function Ctrl+Alt+Del performs, the commandÂ has become
In a world where bargain discounts and factory outlets have captured the attention of today’s budget conscious consumer,Â it’s not surprising that based on today’s global economy, governments (and to be more specific – the US government) are also looking for ways to cut costs.Â As a result, believe it or not, there is company who is in the process of developing a fighter jet that would save the Pentagon $1 Billion in fuel alone annually on low tactical missions that are costing them $25,000 in fuel for every F-16 Jet led into these missions.Â Textron AirLand was formed to
It is not uncommon for project managers to experience their project’s trajectory to suddenly shift from being on the right track to getting turned on its head.Â The manner in which project managers handle negative change sets the good leaders apart from those that crack under pressure.Â Most project managers can master the techniques that help plan schedules, load resources and track costs.Â Where many fall is in the area of managing change and the ability to effectively communicate and reset expectations to help move a derailed project back on track.Â Succeeding in this respect requires real-life experience and natural
Famous technologist and billionaire Elon Musk (co-founder of PayPal) has recently promoted his idea of changing the landscape of travel with his futuristic Hyperloop concept that suggests that for the fraction of the cost ($6 Billion) than the current railway project in California his solution will deliver commuters to their destinations in half the time of commercial flights.Â The idea is to build a “Jetsons-like” tubular route in which passengers of six would be launched every 30 seconds in enclosed aluminium pods travelling supersonic speeds to their destination. Although it all sounds a bit unreal, most of the technology he