Standards and ISO21500: Why Standards are Important for the Project Results Part 1/2

In this podcast Ricardo presents and highlights the importance of the standards which aims to facilitate the project communication process. It is the first of a two podcasts series about the subject where, besides talking about standards, Ricardo provides updated information about the ISO TC236 (Technical Commitee 236) that is developing the ISO 21500, which is fully dedicated to project management.

Directly from the PMI Global Congress 2009 NA in Orlando USA

In this podcast Ricardo Vargas talks about the highlights of the PMI Global Congress North America that is happening in this October in Orlando - FL - USA. The congress had 2,500 attendees from 52 countries. Topics like sustainability and the 40 years of PMI were the highlights of the the congress and the PMI Awards, that was celebrated with NASA the 40 years of PMI and the 40 years of the first landing in the moon by Apollo 11.

Differentiating the Functions of the Project Manager and the Project Management Office

In this podcast Ricardo talks about the misunderstanding that many professionals make about the roles of the project manager and the PMO. Many professionals assert incorrectly that the management of the project is a PMO role. He also explains the differences between the 2 roles using an analogy with a car in a road with a driver and a instrument panel.

Use of CPI and TCPI in the Earned Value Management (EVMS)

In this podcast Ricardo discuss the importance of TCPI (To Complete Performance Index) to evaluate the possibility of cost recovery in the project. The TCPI is the complement of CPI (Cost Performance Index) and allows the evaluation of the future financial conversion rate for the project in order to accomplish the final project budget. It is one of the most important indexes to evaluate the possibility of project financial recovery using Earned...

Procurement Processes Changes in the PMBOK Guide 4th Edition

In this podcast Ricardo talks about the changes related to the Procurement processes, where some of the 6 processes described in the third edition of the PMBOK Guide were melted, resulting in 4 process at the PMBOK 4th Edition. This new structure gave more clarity and fluidity for the readers, summing up all the procurement process with the verbs "Plan", "Conduct", "Administer" and "Close". Other important aspect is the replacement of the term...

Five Big Trends in Project Management - PM Network Report

In this podcast Ricardo discusses the III Annual PM Network Trend Report, published in June, 2009. He presents the main trends in projects induced by the global crisis and how companies and professionals can benefit themselves from this scenario. The PM Network magazine is distributed to PMI members and they can access the file at member's area of PMI website.

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