Proper Stakeholder Management – The Key to Preventing Employee Strikes

3 November 2014

“A Fair Day’s Wages for a Fair Day’s Work!” “A Fair Day’s Wages for a Fair Day’s Work!”
One needs to only look at international news on any given day to realize that strikes are a worldwide phenomenon that can occur in almost any country.
At the time these words were written, 14,000 home daycare workers across Quebec hold a 1-day strike to pressure government on wages and hours while over in British Columbia, an agreement is finally reached with IKEA after 17-month long strike by its workers. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, strikes by both Train Drivers  

Famous Projects Gone Wrong: The Olympic Stadium

8 October 2014

Its nicknames range from The Big O to the White Elephant, to The Big Owe, but apparently that one no longer applies because in 2006 Quebecers finally paid off the $1.5-billion debt from the 1976 Summer Games.
Some locals and Ex-pats  refer to it as “ugly”, “unsafe”, “a modern disaster” or  simply a “waste,” while others wax nostalgic about 1994, Tim Wallach and the Expos.
It boasts the highest inclined tower in the world and is recognized as a popular Montreal sightseeing monument for tourists around the world. Too bad it’s so inconveniently located in the eastern Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal.
Legend also  

Sun Tzu and the Art of Project Management Part 1: The Essentials

26 August 2014

It’s been referred to as one of the most timeless pieces of military literature ever written and can be found in both the Military History AND Business section of many bookstores.
It’s been directly alluded to in both movies and television series, including Wall Street, where it was touted as the corporate raider’s bible and The Sopranos, where Tony himself uses some of Sun Tzu’s principles to better manage his “other family”.
Some even go as far as saying that it was the inspiration behind Georges Lucas’ concept of “The Force” in Star Wars.
But can the principles found in “The Art of  

An Exercise in Teamwork and Project Management: Apple and IBM Join Forces.

21 July 2014

The times, they are a-changing…
I admit that when I first read the news, I did a double take and had to look out my office window to make sure pigs were not flying.
I mean, I could just picture Ron Burgundy saying: “…and in other news, Hell has officially frozen over.”
After all, wasn’t it just a little over 30 years ago that the late, great Steve Jobs:
♦ Penned the infamous, sarcastic print advertisement “Welcome, IBM. Seriously”, which was meant to highlight IBM’s relatively late entry into the nascent IT market;
♦ Declared open war on IBM when Apple introduced the Macintosh to the masses  


The FIFA World Cup 2014 Project: “All in one (Brazilian) rhythm”

13 June 2014

Millions of worldwide fans eagerly await this year’s top football event, the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, which is currently on its way. To understand this gigantic project, we don’t have to look to far, to recognize that the planning and organization of the project conforms to this World Cup’s slogan: “All in one rhythm” – although a Brazilian rhythm. From the perspective of a Project Manager, the project is a disaster, especially when considering the fact that the opening match on June 12 in Sao Paolo will take place in an unfinished stadium with the budget increased by  

The International Space Station Project: Where no project manager has gone before

25 April 2014

Any one of the seven wonders of the world can claim the title of most famous project on our planet, however probably the most famous project out of this world would be the International Space Station (ISS).  Although to be honest with you, there is not much competition beside the many orbiting satellites and their space junk friends which can qualify as potential candidates.  The ISS completion is a true example of an international project in which the vision, execution and outcome has evolved as the needs and wants of the many stakeholders involved has changed over time.
The IIS project  

When did a Plan stop being a Plan? Not Sure? Blame the iPhone!

14 March 2014

I remember a simpler time when someone asked to use the telephone you knew it was to actually make a phone call.  Today, when you see kids begging their parents to use their “Phone” 99% of the time it’s to play video games.  In the last 7 years, the “Phone” has been redefined as an all purpose device ranging from communication via voice, text, SMS and email to browsing the web, taking photos/videos, listening to music and watching YouTube.  Today’s phone’s are mobile computers keeping you connected and entertained on the go.  Although smart phone technology has been available since  

The 2014 Sochi Olympic Project: The prize of gold had gone up!

14 February 2014

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.  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.

Datability: The top theme at CeBIT 2014

5 February 2014

In a few weeks, the world’s largest IT fair will congregate on the grounds of the Deutsche Messe in Hannover. The theme of this year’s CeBIT is “Datability” which is a clever combination of the word data and the terms 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. Hence CeBIT ’s response presenting its “Datability” theme focusing on solutions that aim to improve the usability and protection of proprietary data.

Good Project Managers “Don’t play the odds, they play the man.”

7 January 2014

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 firms  “Closer”) and his prodigy associate Mike Ross (the College drop out with a photographic memory) power brokering under the leadership of Jessica Pearson.  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.  The