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.
When you think of¬† the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, it cannot exist without a turkey dinner cooked to perfection.¬† By no means a simple bird to cook.¬† The perfectly cooked turkey requires the careful care in its seasoning, basting and carving.¬†¬† 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
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.¬† 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.¬† More than the actual function Ctrl+Alt+Del performs, the command¬† has become
Although the Porsche 911 will celebrate its 50th anniversary in a few months, it definitely doesn‚Äôt 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 ‚ÄúMotorKlassik‚ÄĚ only 10 prototypes were built prior to its release in September 1963.¬† This fact alone, is almost unbelievable, compared to today‚Äôs mass-production manufacturers who can burn through 100s of prototypes before a product launch.
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
Recently, Kickstarter an internet platform developed to assist entrepreneurs fund their projects by recruiting investors online, has confirmed the reality that after 17 years since the first Chaos Report was published, the knowledge of failure has done little to change the grim statistics associated with project success.¬† According to a recent article, 41% of projects on Kickstarter fail. ¬†So if projects are likely to fail, why bother planning for success in the first place? ¬†Seasoned project leaders understand that project planning is more than developing a detailed Gantt Chart with accurate timelines and reasonable workloads. ¬†Good project planning is as
Recently, Sheryl Sandberg Facebook’s COO publicly admitted to working a 9 to 5 schedule which for many is blasphemous in Technology circles. Although in the past she was reluctant to reveal her work schedule, in her recent announcement she attributes her well-balanced work and life schedule to her present day success.¬† Even though she has incredible responsibility, it shows that and organized plan and schedule can go a very far way. In many ways, her ability to successfully execute on (one would imagine to be) an insurmountable amount of work in a 9 to 5 schedule is a true testament