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 […]
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…
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]