The Hollywood Sign Project: Lights, Camera, Construction?

22 February 2013
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The “Hollywood” sign is one of those iconic structures that conjures up images of celebrity, fame and the American dream.  As a symbol of the entertainment industry, the Hollywood sign is recognizable around the world.  What most people do not realize, is that the sign’s original intent was quite mundane.  In fact, it was the extraordinary birth and changes of the entertainment industry in the surrounding area that raised the sign to its iconic status as we know it today.

Project Porsche 911: Where the rubber meets the road

19 November 2012
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Although the Porsche 911 will celebrate its 50th anniversary in a few months, it definitely doesn’t 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 “MotorKlassik” only 10 prototypes were built prior to its release in September 1963.  This fact alone, is almost unbelievable, compared to today’s mass-production manufacturers who can burn through 100s of prototypes before a product launch.

Top 10 tips for effective Resource Management whether jumping from space or not

19 October 2012
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In light of the recent historical space jump from 128,000 feet performed by Austrian dare devil Felix Baumgartner, a feat that lasted approximately 8 minutes, we can’t forget a team of scientists, engineers and aviation experts contributed to the success of this new world record. In the digital age where the historic jump captured the attention of the world, we should not forget that it took millions of dollars in product development, planning and expertise to successfully accomplish and promote the space jump.  Felix Baumgartner’s success was facilitated by an entire project team that carefully planned the mission every step […]

The Eiffel Tower Project: With Great Risk Comes Great Reward

30 July 2012
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Many would agree that the Eiffel Tower can be labelled one of the greatest architectural achievements of all time.  However, the journey to great projects are typically riddled with many bumps, obstacles and controversy.  The fact is the Eiffel Tower project was no less immune to this reality.  From the time of its conception to act as the symbol (and as the archway entrance) to France’s World Fair in 1889 to its transformation as a critical communication tower during the First World War and its iconic design attracting millions of tourists a year, the Eiffel Tower has proven that the […]

Inventing the Steamboat: Why people matter in NPD projects

30 April 2012
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More often than one would expect, when we look at the original inventors of many of history’s great inventions they are marginalized in their association to their inventions.  Have you ever heard of Ferdinand Verbiest or Otto Lilienthal? Does Karl Benz and the Wright Brothers sound more familiar?  Although the first two people mentioned are the original inventors of the automobile and airplane respectively, the latter tend to be attributed to these inventions due to their ability to move beyond the inventions themselves and connect to the people who would popularize their use.

Get your Pair of Adidas for $1! Process Improvement in your Projects is about the Journey, not the Destination

28 November 2011
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In our current global economy consumer products are dropping in price due to the maturity of organization’s that are schooled in the ability to leverage the best and cheapest resources around the world every point in the manufacturing process.   In recent years we have seen remarkably low priced items seen with the launch of Tata’s Nano car retailed at $1900 and now Adidas’ recent announcement of launching a $1 running shoe aimed at India’s growing population.

The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel Project: A Lesson in Project Quality and Innovation

4 April 2011
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Probably considered by some as one of the most famous hotels in the world, the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel has its roots steeped in catering to the social elite of New York City.  The history of the Waldorf=Astoria is interesting in that its first incarnation on 5th avenue and 33rd street was a two tower structure, with the first 13-story building built by William Waldorf Astor in 1893 and later connected via a tunnel to a 17-story tower constructed by his cousin John Jacob Astor IV in 1897.  As the largest hotel in the world at the time, the Waldorf=Astoria would be […]

The Wikileaks Project: The Power of Information

20 December 2010
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It’s amazing what a small group of people, a web site and access to sensitive information can accomplish in a very short period.  As we are nearing the end of 2010, the information age has reached new heights placing the media into the hands of savvy internet rebels that have the ability to potentially turn even governments on their heads.  A great example can be seen with the Wikileaks projects headed by the controversial Julian Assange and his small band of internet mavericks exposing government activities with the help of international sources that hand over confidential documents shedding light on […]

The Empire State Building: A Project with a “Higher” Purpose

1 November 2010
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Most notable projects typically have an interesting story and have achieved remarkable recognition for some major contribution to society.  This remains true of the Empire State Building – known as one of those incredible landmarks that symbolized hope during a time of despair in American history.  The Empire State Building project is one of those projects that demonstrate that motivation plays a large role in a project’s success. Like any great project, the Empire State Building has evolved over the years from its original intent as a global symbol of economic power to redefining itself recently as a global symbol […]

Defining Project Success: The Best Project does not mean the most Successful Project

19 August 2010
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Traditionally project success tends to focus on the successful delivery of a planned project by meeting deadlines/timelines, adhering to specifications/requirements and working within allocated budgets.  Although from the project manager’s and team member’s perspective this is true, there are many high quality projects that have met all these requirements and ultimately failed.  In fact, the technology sector has been infamous in delivering mediocre solutions that have quickly dominated their product categories. You just have to dial back to the late 70s and when the Sony Betamax and the Apple computer dominated their product categories only for a short time.  Both […]