The Model T Ford Project: A “Model” for Product and Process Innovation

20 July 2017
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Up until the early 20th century the world viewed the automobile as a luxury item built for the elite of society.  Cars were complicated in their use and required a significant investment that the average person could not afford.  Then in 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T Ford that did not only revolutionize the world’s perspective on personal transportation for the masses but also re-invented the manufacturing process still applied over 100 years later.  Although we have seen improvements to his original process, with the development of lean manufacturing, JIT, Six Sigma, Kanban, and others, the core philosophy of […]

The Three Gorges Dam: Expert Opinions Matter

15 November 2016
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The Three Gorges Dam is considered by some to be a wonder of the world. While that’s up for much debate, what it is for sure, is the largest hydroelectric dam of the world. It spans the third longest river, the Yangtze River, in the Hubei province of China. Known as China’s most ambitious project since the Great Wall, the TGD has had its fair share of financial, environmental and human-rights issues. The lesson in this story is clear: expert opinions matter. And with projects that are this substantial in nature, the input of subject matter experts need to be […]

The Montreal Mirabel Airport: When a piece of the project plan is missing

12 October 2015
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What was announced in 1969 to be the project of the 21st Century by then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, ended up being known as Canada’s biggest white elephant. It was a project that faced many obstacles from the start. Starting with the Liberal government of Trudeau choosing the location of the airport, 55km from northwest downtown Montreal, against the wishes of Quebec. The province had their eyes set on a site south of the St. Lawrence River. In turn, they refused to complete road and transit systems to the airport. This is arguably the fall of what may have made the […]

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: An Architectural Feat

23 August 2015
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“The randomness of the curves are designed to catch the light” Frank Gehry As one of the most famous buildings of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is deserving of significant recognition. Not only for its contemporary architecture and curvilinear shape, but also for the economic boost it created for the municipality. Like any large undertaking, the project came with its fair share of obstacles and stumbling blocks – which were fortuitously overcome with excellent planning and project management. The Vision The project of building the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was a strategic component of the Revitalization Plan for […]

Famous Projects Gone Wrong: The Olympic Stadium

8 October 2014
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Its nicknames range from The Big O to the White Elephant, to The Big Owe, but apparently that one no longer applies because in 2006 Quebecers finally paid off the $1.5-billion debt from the 1976 Summer Games. Some locals and Ex-pats  refer to it as “ugly”, “unsafe”, “a modern disaster” or  simply a “waste,” while others wax nostalgic about 1994, Tim Wallach and the Expos. It boasts the highest inclined tower in the world and is recognized as a popular Montreal sightseeing monument for tourists around the world. Too bad it’s so inconveniently located in the eastern Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of […]

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
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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 […]

The 2014 Sochi Olympic Project: The prize of gold had gone up!

14 February 2014
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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.

The Wembley Stadium project scores with the support of cheering fans

4 June 2013
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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 […]

Inventing the USB: what buyers of PPM technology can learn from a proven success story

26 April 2013
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The success of USB technology has faced many challenges during its climb in the last 15 years, however the key to its market acceptance lies with its original goal to solve a basic problem while delivering tangible benefits to both buyers and sellers in the markets it has served.  Today, with over 10 billion USB devices in circulation, Ajay Bhatt understood from day one that his invention would only succeed if he can convert the market drivers of the very complex technology sector that his concept will reduce suppliers’ costs while solving the basic end user problem of complex connectivity […]