Rush hour

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) often manages projects in which every minute counts. Here’s what I’ve learned about hurrying a project toward completion.

Everyone wants perfection, but the priority should be completing your task. A completed element can be tinkered with or optimized while being of use, but an unfinished one confuses attempts at improvement while being of no utility at all.

Speak up!

I have always believed that effective communication is at the heart of good project management. The messages one communicates, and the way one communicates them, are vital to establishing a strong reputation for leadership.

What is project communication? It’s the specific behaviours and methods used to lead, delegate and advise stakeholders engaged on the project. For communication to be successful, information has to flow in the right direction.

Making the leap

At the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), good project management isn’t just about maximizing efficiencies—it’s about saving lives. UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations that oversees thousands of peace-building, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Projects run the gamut from building roads and hospitals to running elections and procuring food and medicine for hard-hit communities.

Mundo PM magazine interview: perspectives in the area

In this interview with Mundo PM magazine, Ricardo Vargas talks about his peculiar trajectory in the area of project management consulting. It also talks about the importance of planning and risk management in the business environment and how it has become a global reference in the area.