Facing Project Complexity Head On

18 January 2013

Through the recession and the increasing globalization of the economy, projects have become more difficult. Many companies are dealing with a highly complex business environment that is characterized by unusually intense and fast cycles impacted by unforeseeable risks. Project managers are facing problems, which they apparently cannot solve and are overstrained by the complexity of issues inherent to their projects. Best practices and strategies are often not helpful and force project managers to come up with alternatives to move things along to avoid a project from coming to a standstill.  For project managers, the stalling of a project is probably […]

Letterman Top 10 Signs your are not ready to be a Project Manager

18 December 2012

To continue on the  tradition of last year’s top ten list focused on projects, I came up with a topic more focused on you – the project manager.  So the category is the top ten signs you are not ready to be a project manager.  Here we go…

Online shoppers can teach a thing or two to project managers

12 December 2012

As we continue full force into the shopping holiday season, online shopping has become a dominant force to be reckoned with.  Recently, I read an article that offered 7 tips to safe online shopping.  The bottom line – online shopping has moved beyond the PC and now is being conducted over multiple mobile devices.  Consequently, these different platforms raise multiple safety concerns around eCommerce and the sharing of sensitive information.  With that being said, these new methods of shopping provide the benefit of convenience and increase of revenue for retailers, at the same time raising the possible danger of opening […]

In the age of “Reply-Allpocalypse” are you ready for cloud-based PPM?

30 November 2012

Recently, there was story in which an NYU student mistakenly hit “Reply All” in an email sent to his mother in which 40,000 students received his message. With a single click, the entire student community was instantaneously connected showcasing the power of today’s technology and its growing connection to our daily personal and professional lives. In this same vein, the business world has recognized this reality and has consequently embraced the best technology as a matter of survival.  With that being said, cloud computing has dominated the discussions of businesses, solution providers and industry insiders.  For many software vendors aimed […]

Project Porsche 911: Where the rubber meets the road

19 November 2012
Porsche 911 Genius Red

Although the Porsche 911 will celebrate its 50th anniversary in a few months, it definitely doesn’t look its age!  It is an absolute classic among sports cars and its timeless design never goes out of style.  In the world of Project Management, the Porsche 911 is certainly a flagship project.  According to German magazine “MotorKlassik” only 10 prototypes were built prior to its release in September 1963.  This fact alone, is almost unbelievable, compared to today’s mass-production manufacturers who can burn through 100s of prototypes before a product launch.

Top 10 tips for effective Resource Management whether jumping from space or not

19 October 2012

In light of the recent historical space jump from 128,000 feet performed by Austrian dare devil Felix Baumgartner, a feat that lasted approximately 8 minutes, we can’t forget a team of scientists, engineers and aviation experts contributed to the success of this new world record. In the digital age where the historic jump captured the attention of the world, we should not to forget that it took millions of dollars in product development, planning and expertise to successfully accomplish and promote the space jump.  Felix Baumgartner’s success was facilitated by an entire project team that carefully planned the mission every […]

Managing Bottlenecks. Good Project Management is a lot like avoiding traffic

12 October 2012

Living in one of Canada’s largest metropolitan areas, Montreal is infamous for its traffic jams caused by never ending construction and growing population.  In a recent report it confirmed that the typical Montrealer that has a 30 minute commute loses 92 hours a year to traffic. The reality of this loss is astronomical impacting businesses, the environment and in some cases health issues that result from increased stressed levels and the broadened carbon footprint.  Although strategies to mitigate traffic issues  exist, similar to the project management world, it only takes one unexpected change of event to occur and you will […]

As the world moves to the Cloud, Lotus Notes differentiates itself with project collaboration capabilities with more options

31 August 2012

Many people do not realize that the purely cloud-based social media tools that have become part of today’s social fabric can trace its origins 20 years back when the first commercial Groupware applications entered the market introducing a new way for remote users to communicate and create their own collaboration networks.  In fact, it is no secret that one of the major pioneers of this first wave of tools was Lotus Notes that was developed as a leading-edge collaboration platform that encouraged the exchange of business information among a network of stakeholders.  Obviously, in those early years the connectivity to […]

The Eiffel Tower Project: With Great Risk Comes Great Reward

30 July 2012

Many would agree that the Eiffel Tower can be labelled one of the greatest architectural achievements of all time.  However, the journey to great projects are typically riddled with many bumps, obstacles and controversy.  The fact is the Eiffel Tower project was no less immune to this reality.  From the time of its conception to act as the symbol (and as the archway entrance) to France’s World Fair in 1889 to its transformation as a critical communication tower during the First World War and its iconic design attracting millions of tourists a year, the Eiffel Tower has proven that the […]

Apple Sheds its ‘Granny Smith’ Image: Green Project Management Needs to make Business Sense

13 July 2012

This week Apple was in the news over its controversy for dropping out of the environmental certification program for electronics, called EPEAT.  Apparently due to “design issues” around its laptop, Apple bowed out of the program that certifies products for sustainability and environmental standards.  For most businesses, “Being Green” is clearly a business decision.  Not to be too cynical, the fact is whether it’s Apple or Ford, corporations tend to be as ‘Green’ as it can produce them Greenbacks. That being said, the project management world has an excellent opportunity to leverage its expertise in reducing waste in time, money and […]