Project Managers Beware! It can take less than a minute to kill your entire project

6 April 2015

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 […]

Proper Stakeholder Management – The Key to Preventing Employee Strikes

3 November 2014

“A Fair Day’s Wages for a Fair Day’s Work!” “A Fair Day’s Wages for a Fair Day’s Work!” 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 […]

The FIFA World Cup 2014 Project: “All in one (Brazilian) rhythm”

13 June 2014
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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 […]

The International Space Station Project: Where no project manager has gone before

25 April 2014

Any one of the seven wonders of the world can claim the title of most famous project on our planet, however probably the most famous project out of this world would be the International Space Station (ISS).  Although to be honest with you, there is not much competition beside the many orbiting satellites and their space junk friends which can qualify as potential candidates.  The ISS completion is a true example of an international project in which the vision, execution and outcome has evolved as the needs and wants of the many stakeholders involved has changed over time. The IIS […]

Good Project Managers “Don’t play the odds, they play the man.”

7 January 2014

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 […]

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

18 November 2013

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.

Beating the “Cat in the Hat” project syndrome. How to get Thing 1 and Thing 2 back in their box

30 August 2013

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 […]

Do you want to hop on the Hyperloop? A trip with the Jetsons may not be as quick as Musk suggests

16 August 2013

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 […]

A $20 cardboard bike? What “Crowdfunding” can teach project managers

5 July 2013

With both Indiegogo and Kickstarter websites attracting start-up projects around the world, the ability to leverage the ‘micro-investments’ of thousands around the world has not only empowered many business ventures regardless of location or connections, but has also delivered valuable consumer insight and market research that has been typically too expensive and difficult to achieve with the limited funds most start-ups have.  The concept of crowdfunding has leveled the playing field allowing the value of projects speak for themselves and efficiently engage markets to be true accelerators for growth.  Beyond the obvious financial benefits to crowdfunding, the idea of attracting […]

The Wembley Stadium project scores with the support of cheering fans

4 June 2013

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 […]