Conflicts and Project Phases

In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the conflicts during the project life cycle. He explains that when the conflict happens in the initial phases of project, the project manager should encourage to discuss the differences and clarify the understanding of the goals, but when the conflict happens in the stages of implementation, monitoring and control means that the project is being poorly managed.

Working With Multiple Projects

In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the fractionation of a project into smaller slices. He explains that if the project is large you can divide it into phases when there is not dependency between them. He shows the advantages and disadvantages of managing multiple projects and cases in which this technique can be used.

The Cost of Project Management

In this podcast, Ricardo explains where the costs related to project management should be registered. He points that, according to surveys, the costs of project management range from 0.5% to 2% of the project total costs, and that, even though many people consider 1% to be expensive, when any error arises from the lack of an adequate management, the correcting costs are much higher than just 1%.

How to Plan a Very Urgent Project?

In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the key information that must be produced by the project manager when receives a very urgent project and need understand the purpose, scope, budget, schedule and constraints of the project in a very short period. He explains that making a quick planning and not very detailed is not ideal and can not be a normal situation in the company.

Why I need to understand the concept and know how to calculate the project critical path?

In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the project critical path and explains that the use of softwares to calculate the critical path, causes the manager forget the basics and concepts of project management. Ricardo also explains that the critical path consists of the activities that directly determine the duration of the project and this activities are not necessarily more expensive or riskier in the project.