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 a
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‚Äôs 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 Pel√© once noted, “Wembley is not only ‘the church’ of football, but also the ‘capital and the heart’ of football.”
Although the Porsche 911 will celebrate its 50th anniversary in a few months, it definitely doesn‚Äôt 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 ‚ÄúMotorKlassik‚ÄĚ only 10 prototypes were built prior to its release in September 1963.¬† This fact alone, is almost unbelievable, compared to today‚Äôs mass-production manufacturers who can burn through 100s of prototypes before a product launch.
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 to 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