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Strategy at Work: From design to delivery

A book with the very best thinking and insights in the field of strategy and beyond. A unique partnership between the Brightline Initiative and Thinkers50 has created "Strategy at Work". It showcases some of the very best thinkers in the field of strategy and beyond. Ricardo Vargas and Edivandro Conforto wrote together a chapter of the book explaining the Brightline Guiding Principles for connecting strategy delivery with strategy design.

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Think about how to connect your strategy design with your ability to deliver – or pay the price

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the relevance of understanding what underlines the implementation of a strategy. Creating a transformation strategy for an organization is an incredibly hard task, but the challenge is not finished after the strategy is on paper. You need to get things done, you need to deliver that strategy design, and that's where most organizations fail. Read the recent article:...

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The 2017 PMI Pulse of the Profession® Report

In this episode, Ricardo comments on the Pulse of Profession® 2017, an annual report published by the Project Management Institute (PMI). About 4,000 professionals worldwide were interviewed and one of the key indicators reported is that financial waste on unsuccessful projects has dropped by around 20%; Until last yet, it was about USD 122 million lost for every billion invested. This year, the value dropped to 97 million. Check out other...

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The Strategic Execution Framework (SEF)

In this episode, Ricardo comments on the Strategic Execution Framework® (SEF) directly from Stanford University. He highlights the simplicity and clarity of this framework created by IPS Learning and the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). Get to know more about the SEF at http://ipslearning.us/content/strategic-execution-framework

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Directly from the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit 2012 in London

In this podcast, Ricardo, directly from London, talks about the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit 2012, meeting to address Portfolio Management and IT Governance. He talks about the main topics discussed at the Summit, especially the strategic value and benefits of selecting the projects aligned with the company's strategy. About the Summit - Europe's premier gathering of program and portfolio management executives charged with improving how...

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Demystifying the Portfolio Management – Part 3/3: A comparison and Decision

In this third and final podcast of the series, Ricardo talks about the comparison to the project selection and choice. He gives two examples of comparison one simpler - the weighted score matrix, and other more complex - AHP - Analytic Hierarchy Process. Ricardo explains how to prepare each of the two examples. See the article about AHP mentioned in this podcast at: http://www.ricardo-vargas.com/pt/articles/analytic-hierarchy-process/

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Demystifying the Portfolio Management – Part 2/3: The Criteria

In this second podcast of the series, Ricardo talks about the selection criteria in portfolio management. He explains that in addition to financial criteria, there are others who may be considered and, even if it is intangible, there are ways to make them tangible. Ricardo gives several tips on how to transform these criteria into tangible and also talks about the balance of the criteria chosen.

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Demystifying the Portfolio Management – Part 1/3: The Strategy's Side

In this first podcast of the serie, Ricardo talks about the strategic and the portfolio management. He explains that if the manager does not know what is the strategy of the organization, its a waste of time to create comparative to select projects. Ricardo makes an analogy between stones of different sizes and the choice of the sieve for selecting these stones, in other words, you must set the criteria based on the strategy to select projects...

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Using Project Management to Plan your Year - Part 2/2

In this second podcast of the series, Ricardo talks about portfolio management of personal projects. He explains that it is necessary to map and select which projects will be undertaken, which will be later, a which will not be made and which requiring a study before deciding. Ricardo says that projects should be selected according to the goals we have set and gives tips on how these objectives can be defined and how they are selected.

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Using Project Management to Plan Your Year - Part 1/2

In this first podcast of 2, Ricardo gives some tips on how to manage personal projects that take place during the year. He exemplifies with the planning he did for his personal projects for 2011 and 2012. Ricardo explains that the first thing he did was his strategic map and throughout the year, was taking notes of all kinds of projects that have appeared. In the end of 2011, Ricardo did the planning for 2012 selecting the projects he noted and...

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Defining Project Success – Part 2 of 2

In this second podcast of the series, Ricardo talks about the success in projects from the perspective of the sponsor or the executive. He explains that the project must be aligned with the company's strategic planning, generate strategic benefits, financial results and that these benefits should be defined at the initiation of the project.

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Strategy and the Delta Model – Part 2 of 2

In this second podcast about the corporate strategy course that Ricardo took at MIT, he talks about the lock-in position with the customer, ie, to create an unique channel with your customers by offering customized and complete solutions. Ricardo explains that in order to address the customers expectations in a different manner, it is necessary to think in a projectized way and also to create an unique channel with your customer.

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Strategy and Delta Model - Part 1 of 2

In this podcast Ricardo talks about the course of Corporate Strategy that he took at MIT. In the course the focus was the strategic model called Delta Model, where the customer relationship is the cornerstone of any strategy. The course was conducted by Prof. Arnoldo Hax, one of the world's experts in strategy.

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