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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. 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.
In a world where bargain discounts and factory outlets have captured the attention of today’s budget conscious consumer, 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. 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. 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. The manner in which project managers handle negative change sets the good leaders apart from those that crack under pressure. Most project managers can master the techniques that help plan schedules, load resources and track costs. 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. Succeeding in this respect requires real-life experience and natural […]
It’s Saturday! It’s time again for German fans to ramp up for one of the greatest soccer matches taking place at the legendary Wembley Stadium. In the upcoming Champions League final, the two top German teams FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund compete against each other on the hallowed turf of the English landmark, home of the English national football team. What the Eiffel Tower is to the French, the Wembley Stadium is to the English. As the former Brazilian footballer Pelé once noted, “Wembley is not only ‘the church’ of football, but also the ‘capital and the heart’ of […]
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…