Balancing Executive Demands for Transparency, Resources, and Deadlines with the Need for Agility

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the dilemma of balancing executive demands for transparency, resources, and deadlines with the need for agility. He makes it clear that agility doesn't mean having any control but rather a mix of control and flexibility. Flexibility, imagination, and new ideas are valued more than strict rules when using agile methods.

Making Sense of the Stanford University AI Index Report 2024

In this episode, Ricardo talks about findings from the "Stanford University AI Index Report," which emphasizes the advantages that industry has over academia in AI research, the efficacy of AI in specific activities, and the high expense of creating sophisticated models. Although regulation is still in its infancy, the US leads the way. While AI boosts efficiency, it can also lead to reliance.

FOMO Should Not Be a Metric of Your AI Project

In this podcast, Ricardo discusses the importance of implementing AI projects with metrics, cautioning against the fear of missing out (FOMO) as a driving force. He draws attention to the high expenses of AI, especially those related to hiring qualified personnel and purchasing processing power. To analyze possible time and cost savings, Ricardo suggests using simulations to help businesses properly weigh the costs and advantages.

The Hype Cycle of Projects

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the hype cycle, which was first used in relation to technology but is also applicable to project management. He describes how projects go through phases of exhilaration that peak upon release, problems, and disillusionment. This cycle is like how technology hype, like that surrounding the 2022 introduction of ChatGPT, unfolds.

Navigating the Fog: Is This a Project Crisis or Just a Challenge?

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the challenges and crises in project management. He emphasizes that projects naturally encounter difficulties, such as delays, stakeholder issues, and risks, which are manageable. A crisis occurs when these challenges exceed the ability to deal with them, necessitating significant changes in behavior and approach.

Where everyone thinks alike, no one thinks very much

In this episode, Ricardo discusses how the film "The Social Network" prompted him to think creatively. By encouraging people to focus on novel concepts rather than mundane routines, he reinforces the importance of escaping the conformity cycle. Ricardo argues that in order to improve one's creative and problem-solving abilities, one should seek out varied experiences, break out of patterns, and meet individuals with different viewpoints.

Myth or Reality: Were Human Skills Only Highlighted in PMBOK Guide 7th Edition?

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the importance of soft skills in project management, noting their relevance since the inception of the PMBOK guide in 1996. The 7th edition introduces a principles-based approach, diverging from the process-based structure of the 6th edition. This change facilitates a holistic understanding, which is particularly beneficial to those preparing for PMP and CAPM certification.

The Power of Managing By Exception to Control Project Variations

In this episode, Ricardo talks about "management by exception" in PRINCE2 methodology, which encourages communication and action only in exceptional cases, saving time on routine updates. As an example, meetings are only called when there is a significant delay, a cost overrun, or a risk that is about to happen. Teams can focus on project work when communication is streamlined.

Artificial Emotional Intelligence (AEI) Will Have Wide-Ranging Impacts on Society

In this episode, Ricardo discusses his recent article on artificial emotional intelligence (AEI), published with André Barcauí at the London School of Economics Business Review. AEI can significantly improve employment, healthcare, education, and negotiation by identifying small emotional clues. For instance, Character.ai allows users to interact with historical people, while hirevue.com uses avatars to evaluate candidates' emotional matches.

Bracelets, Beats, and Big Stages: Project Management Lessons from a Taylor Swift Concert

In this podcast, Ricardo shares his experience attending the Taylor Swift concert with his daughter, highlighting what he learned. Initially skeptical, he was impressed by the event's importance to the young audience, teaching him the importance of understanding stakeholders. He was impressed with the flawless execution of the show, which featured impeccable project management.

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