How to do Stakeholder Analysis in Practice - Part 1 of 2

In this special podcast, Ricardo teaches, in practice, how to do a Stakeholder Analysis. To follow the step-by-step shown by Ricardo, you will need this material: 3 large sheets of paper (i.e. flip chart size), tape, several post-it's and pens (or markers), two to three different colors for pens and post-it's. And of course, your team to participate in the brainstorming. Follow next week the final part of this podcast!

3 Success Factors in the Procurement Process

In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the dangers of underestimate the complexity of the procurement management. He gives three tips on how we can increase the chance of success in our projects. They are: 1 - Seek knowledge about what will be purchased; 2 - Analyze the total cost of acquisition, not just the price; 3 - Associate payment events to deliveries on your project.

Understanding the Risk Attitude

In this podcast, Ricardo talks about people's different attitudes and profiles against the risks. He explains these attitudes and profiles by analyzing a chart in the book "Understanding And Managing Risk Attitude", by David Hillson. See Ricardo's brief review of the book here: http://www.ricardo-vargas.com/books/recommendations/75/ View the chart discussed in the podcast: http://www.risk-attitude.com/spectrum.html

Why is it So Hard to Define Clear Criteria for Selecting Projects?

In this podcast, Ricardo lists the three main reasons why it is so difficult to establish criteria for selecting projects in a Portfolio Management. They are: the lack of clarity in the strategic objectives, the difficulty in measuring intangibles and the management of possible conflicts created by individual interests.

The new Scope, Time and Cost Planning Processes of the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition

In this podcast, Ricardo concludes the series of five podcasts on the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition. He talks about the reasons behind the creation of processes "5.1", "6.1" and "7.1", Plan Scope Management, Plan Schedule Management and Plan Cost Management, respectively. He comments on how best to use these processes, taking into account the project complexity.

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