In a world where overnight fame or infamy can happen to anyone with a webcam and internet connection, more than ever project managers need to carefully design a communication and collaboration strategy that will positively impact their projects while preventing the damaging effects of a potential negative broadcasting of information that can instantly shut them down at a moments notice. Social media can be used as a powerful tool to help drive a project quickly to success. Leveraging Twitter-like functionality and social collaboration can help quickly move your project by instantly shoring up the necessary support from your stakeholders to
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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
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
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.
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
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
Famous technologist and billionaire Elon Musk (co-founder of PayPal) has recently promoted his idea of changing the landscape of travel with his futuristic Hyperloop concept that suggests that for the fraction of the cost ($6 Billion) than the current railway project in California his solution will deliver commuters to their destinations in half the time of commercial flights. The idea is to build a “Jetsons-like” tubular route in which passengers of six would be launched every 30 seconds in enclosed aluminium pods travelling supersonic speeds to their destination. Although it all sounds a bit unreal, most of the technology he
As we increasingly become more dependent on the internet to access information and conduct our daily activities, security needs to become an central element to our collaboration strategy. Recently, cyber attacks have become more far reaching especially with recent DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks that flood sites with insane levels of traffic grinding their service to a halt. With this new level of attack, I’ve recently read an article that discusses the potential of these cyber attacks to actually cripple the internet as a whole. The conclusion was that it would be practically impossible due to the security measures
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