In the first episode of 2022, Ricardo decided to share four books and three online courses/platforms you should look at right now to start your year with the right foot. The books have two things in common: none are about Project Management, and he wrote none of them :). They cover aspects of uncertainty, culture, mindset, and career. Listen to the #5minpodcast to know more.
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We are celebrating 15 years of 5 Minutes Podcast and the 580 episodes.
The podcast started in 2007 and in 15 years, Ricardo recorded 580 episodes and reached out to more than 11 million views of all episodes.
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Celebrating 500 Podcast Episodes
Interview with Ricardo Vargas celebrating 500 episodes of the 5 Minutes Podcast.
In this interview, Ricardo shares the story of the creation of the podcast, the most relevant episodes, and how they are created and recorded.
A curiosity: Did you know that he never heard an episode? Watch the interview to find out why.
In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about cadence in the project. He explains that cadence dictates the rhythm of project deliveries and gives some examples of cadence, such as the frequency of the heartbeat and the rhythm of a military parade.
In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about the exponential growth of problems in the project. He explains with several examples what exponential growth is, such as the behaviour of social networks when a post is shared with ten people and that each one will share with another ten people. So on, the number of views has a massive growth. We often rely on intuition to make a future prediction, imagining linearity.
In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about how you show your experience in projects and in product development for a job interview or when you are preparing your CV or applying for a postgraduate course, for example. He gives three tips on which aspects to consider: The first: What type of project have you worked on, engineering, technology, digital transformation, etc. The second: What was the magnitude of the challenge?
In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about the relevance of early warning systems. He comments that one of our biggest aims in risk management is to anticipate the knowledge and awareness of unexpected events. Ricardo gives some examples and explains that one of the mechanisms that help us identify threats is project indicators, showing clear signs of a problem without having the pain.
In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about the many ways to gain experience in project management that go beyond formal education, courses and certifications. He also mentions that you don't start a career in projects managing gigantic or highly complex projects. The main part of the podcast is in the three tips you can follow to increase your experience and make project management part of your DNA.
In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about the Problem Statement. He explains that we often receive a problem with a solution from our customers. The given solution is not always the correct one; before thinking about how to implement the solution, we need to be clearer about what problem our project is trying to solve.
In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about the similarities and differences between managing projects/programs/portfolios and managing products. He explains that the product is the result of a project or program most of the time. However, it can also result from chance or simply an unexpected opportunity. The life cycle of a product can involve numerous projects:
Faced with this week's events with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Ricardo had decided not to record any new episode this week. However, today he decided to record a different episode, talking about empathy and support in uncertain times like the current ones. In this week's episode, he talks about the importance of understanding that reality has changed and that there is no perspective on how the subsequent events will unfold.
Ricardo recently watched, using his project management perspective, the documentary "Fyre - The Great Event That Never Happened," which was recommended by a friend. Fyre was supposed to be one of the music festivals that was supposed to be one of the most exclusive globally and ended up being a complete fiasco. The initial idea was to create an event to promote the celebrity booking application called Fyre.
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