Notice: The 2008 episodes were only recorded in Portuguese.

Directly from the PMI Global Congress 2008 in Denver - CO - USA

In this podcast Ricardo talks about the main topics that are now being presented at the North America Congress promoted by PMI. Keynote speaker General Collin Powell addressed the importance of project management and leadership skills for all leaders. The congress also presented several topics related to social and professional responsibility. This podcast was recorded only in Brazilian Portuguese. The link below is for the Brazilian Portuguese...

Maturity Models - Part II

In this podcast, Ricardo continues talking about the maturity in projects. He explains in detail the 8 items that he thinks that should be considered when measuring the maturity level of project management in a given company. This podcast was recorded only in Brazilian Portuguese. The link below is for the Brazilian Portuguese version.

Maturity Models

In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the project management maturity models and their different kinds. He explains that companies with higher maturity in project management have better processes and higher success rates in their projects, whereas companies with less maturity have higher failure rates in their projects. This podcast was recorded only in Brazilian Portuguese. The link below is for the Brazilian Portuguese version.

Change Management in Projects

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the displacement of positions caused by changes and the importance of communication while managing changes in projects. Ricardo also points out that every change is easier to assimilate when the information is reasonable, justifiable and not imposed, thus generating more credibility to the project.

Key Performance Index

In this podcast Ricardo Vargas talks about the KPI - Key Performance Indexes. KPIs are indexes that give the project a numeric result. He explains that these indexes can show the status of the schedule, cost, scope, quality and other issues. Exhibiting information in a graphical way, the project manager can have a fast and effective way of communicating information. This podcast was recorded only in Brazilian Portuguese. The link below is for...

Megaprojects

In this podcast Ricardo Vargas talks about megaproject management. He defines what a megaproject is and how the profile of a project manager should be to manage such a project. He presents some megaprojects examples, like the ones from Dubai and Sonangol in Angola. Ricardo also talks about the importance of looking for the best professionals to be part of a megaproject team. This podcast was recorded only in Brazilian Portuguese. The link below...

Half Sponsor, half manager

In this podcast, from a suggestion of Alexandre Giordani, Ricardo Vargas talks about the sponsor that wants to manage the project. He explains that each person has a role in the project and that the sponsors role is to give support to the manager and to be a great guardian of the project. This podcast was recorded only in Brazilian Portuguese. The link below is for the Brazilian Portuguese version.

Knowledge Management

In this podcast Ricardo Vargas talks about the importance of knowledge management in the field of project management. Starting from the knowledge obtained from previous projects, the project manager can optimize his/her project and avoid risk situations that happened in other projects. Ricardo also shows the importance of disseminating the knowledge and documenting the project. This podcast was recorded only in Brazilian Portuguese. The link...

Directly from the 2nd Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

In this podcast Ricardo talks about his perceptions and the main themes presented at the symposium promoted by the University of Texas in Dallas. At the congress, considered by Vargas as one of the most technical congresses in the field, were discussed topics as the project kick off meetings, how to effectively implement PMOs, Stockholm syndrome, among many other subjects presented. This podcast was recorded only in Brazilian Portuguese. The link...

Human Resource Management

In this podcast, Ricardo Vargas talks about Human Resource Management and explains that often times the project manager has a more technical background with no experience on human resource management. He talks about the importance of maintaining the motivation of the stakeholders and that the project manager must learn to practice the active listening so as to better understand the stakeholders needs. This podcast was recorded only in Brazilian...