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5" PM Podcast is a Ricardo Vargas creation that intends to present and debate the main news and themes in the project management field, in a practical and easy way.




Directly from TEDGLOBAL 2017 in Arusha – Tanzania

In this episode, Ricardo presents the highlights of the TED Global 2017 conference in Arusha, Tanzania. He comments on some of the presentations whose content included everything from discussions about art and religion to aspects of the use of artificial intelligence in reducing the cost of diagnosing cancer in poor communities. In the end, he approaches the importance of comprehensive and varied knowledge that, together with the diversity of ideas, cultures, and training, creates a rich...

Duration: 00:06:24

Understanding the Impact of Different Currencies in your Project

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the challenges faced in projects when there are resources whose costs are in foreign currencies. You will understand the role of hedging, to protect the project against exchange rate fluctuations.

Duration: 00:18:42

Decision Making Using the OODA Loop

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the concept of the OODA loop. The phrase refers to the decision cycle of Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act, developed by military strategist and the United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd. Boyd applied the concept to the combat operations process, often at the strategic level. The OODA loop is also used in many types of business where the decision needs to be taken quickly and in advance, as in the case of projects.

Duration: 00:07:19

Does it Really Matter Where You Document the Assumptions and Constraints?

In this episode, Ricardo starts speaking if the assumptions and constraints should be documented in the Scope Statement or the Project Charter. Then, he reflects about the real relevance of knowing in what “piece of paper” this information will be inserted and reinforce that relevant information is what drives the project to success. Ricardo used in this podcast the word Restriction as a synonym of Constraints (a PMBOK® term).

Duration: 00:05:53

All you need to Know to become an Expert in the New Methodology “GO HORSE” :)

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the Go Horse Process, a new paradigm in project management methodologies. :)

Duration: 00:05:52

Understanding the Fear of the New (Neophobia)

In this episode, Ricardo talks about neophobia, or the fear of the new, a natural feeling that afflicts project managers, even those with great experience. He gives tips on how to deal with the problem: face the new with curiosity, as something to explore; know that this feeling is not exclusive, everyone feels it to a greater or lesser degree; know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and deal with them.

Duration: 00:05:57

What Makes a "Great" Project Manager

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the skills of great project managers: having a track record, a history of challenges, failures, and successes throughout his/her career and having a great ability to communicate. He ends up answering the controversial question that always arises: is it a mandatory condition for the project success that the manager holds the technical knowledge, the expertise, about the product to be developed?

Duration: 00:19:26

Retrospective 2016

In this episode, Ricardo, in his traditional annual retrospective of the project management scenario, makes a reflection on how to think about the new year: plan but most importantly, do; seeking to maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity.

Duration: 00:05:43

Operation Management x Project Management

In this episode, Ricardo explains the differences between project and production/operations management, giving characteristics and examples of both areas.

Duration: 00:04:53

What are Capital Projects?

In this episode, Ricardo explains what the differences between capital projects, also known as Capex (Capital expenditure) projects, and traditional projects, which are focused on a business operation, also known with Opex (Operational expenditure) projects.

Duration: 00:05:23

Do you Report Sustainability Aspects of Your Project? – Part 2 of 2

In this episode, Ricardo continues to talk about the “Global Reporting Initiative” and how one can report sustainability aspects in his/her projects and why this is relevant to the organization and to the society.

Duration: 00:05:29

Do you Report Sustainability Aspects of Your Project? – Part 1 of 2

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the “Global Reporting Initiative”, an association that develops standards that help organizations of various sectors to identify and report what they do to build a more sustainable world, which goes beyond the environmental aspect.

Duration: 00:08:18

All you need to know about the Business Case – Part 2 of 2

In this second episode, Ricardo continues to explain the steps for creating a solid business case and how to ‘sell it’ within the organization.

Duration: 00:06:52

All you need to know about the Business Case – Part 1 of 2

In this episode, Ricardo begins to detail the Business Case. He explains why it is important and how to use it.

Duration: 00:06:15

The Civil and Criminal Liability of a Project Manager

In this episode, Ricardo asks: can the project manager be subject to criminal or civil liability for something that went wrong on the project?

Duration: 00:06:37

What is the Real Value of a Professional Certification?

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the importance that a professional certification can represent in your resumé, but he makes it clear, being certified is not the same of having real experience.

Duration: 00:05:09

Trust Tree

In this episode, Ricardo through the trust tree metaphor shows what the project manager needs to do to sow and cultivate trust on his work and on the project success, among the project’s team and stakeholders.

Duration: 00:05:54

Networking, the right way

In this episode, Ricardo gives tips to improve the way we do networking.

Duration: 00:05:58

World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report

In this episode, Ricardo explains that the risks report produced by the World Economic Forum is a source of rich information about global risks and can help a lot in during a project risk management. Download the report at http://reports.weforum.org/global-risks-2016/

Duration: 00:07:03

How to Convince without Power?

In this episode, Ricardo commented on the types of power and how each one of them can be used in our professional and personal relationships.

Duration: 00:07:29

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