In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the management of virtual teams in projects. He explains that this is a big trend in the business world and shows the benefits of leading a virtual team, as well as the major challenges that must be dealt with like cultural, communications and geographic issues. Ricardo shows that technology is a major enabler for the project manager in this task and that the leadership style of the project manager while managing a virtual team is quite different from leading a face-to-face team.
- What we can learn with the Abilene paradox
- March 16th, 2015
On this episode, Ricardo talks about a concept that is related to the management of conflicts, the Abilene paradox. Created by Jerry B. Harvey, the paradox is present in certain group decisions and can pose a risk to the project.
- Do you know what is a Communication Filter or Noise?
- January 27th, 2015
On this episode, Ricardo talks about the attention we must have with how we communicate because the characteristics of personality, culture and values of the receiver can dramatically change the meaning of the original message.
- Building Highly Effective Teams – Part 2 of 2
- December 15th, 2014
In this podcast, Ricardo continues to talk about Highly Effective Teams, subject of his new book. He comments on the trust between members, effective decision-making, conflict management and how to recognize the work and create opportunities for the (...)
- Building Highly Effective Teams – Part 1 of 2
- December 9th, 2014
In this podcast, Ricardo gives tips on how to transform a group of people in a highly effective team, a subject he addresses in his new book, in partnership with the author Michael Nir. Stay tuned for continuation of this podcast next week.
- The Responsibility Assignment Matrix – RACI
- October 22nd, 2014
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the responsibility assignment matrix – RACI, a very useful information tool in Human Resources, Communications and Stakeholders management. This matrix associate tasks and the people/functions responsible for (...)
- How to train your sponsor
- March 12th, 2014
In this podcast, Ricardo addresses one of the biggest challenges in the project environment, how can we educate the sponsor to make a decision based on facts, not just feeling. He also gives tips on how we can escape the dangers in this process.
- Cultural Differences: Why Awareness and Respect are Vital for the Project Success
- November 20th, 2013
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the cultural differences within a project environment. He gives valuable tips on how the project manager must address the differences within his team, the sponsors and the stakeholders and can thus create an (...)
- 3 Factors that make an Information Technology Project different from the other Projects
- October 14th, 2013
In this podcast, Ricardo about the main differences in management technology projects as compared to other projects.
- Ego, Vanity and Jealousy: The Project Manager's Drama
- October 7th, 2013
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about ego, vanity and jealousy in the project environment. He gives tips on how we can deal with these personal characteristics that may directly or indirectly affect the project.
- How to do Stakeholder Analysis in Practice - Part 2 of 2
- June 24th, 2013
In this podcast, Ricardo ends the explanation of how to do the Stakeholder Analysis in practice. If you have not heard the first part, listen to it here: http://www.ricardo-vargas.com/podcasts/how-to-do-stakeholder-analysis-in-practice-part-1-of-2 (...)
- How to do Stakeholder Analysis in Practice - Part 1 of 2
- June 17th, 2013
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 (...)
- Retrospective 2012
- December 24th, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo makes a retrospective of 2012. A year with mixed feelings. Unlike other years, where skill and expertise were highlighted, Ricardo comments on the noticeable lack of great leaders. In the next podcast, he will speak about the (...)
- Managing Expectations
- December 17th, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about managing stakeholders' expectations. What is the importance of properly managing expectations? What is the relationship of them with the project's scope and risk management?
- Getting to know the World of Megaprojects: Communications and Teams - Part 3 of 3
- December 3rd, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo concludes the series on megaprojects, talking about communication, teams and some success factors. He comments especially the importance of forming the core team of the project as soon as possible and to be careful on (...)
- Getting to know the World of Megaprojects: The FEL Process - Part 2 of 3
- November 26th, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo continues the series of three podcasts about the world of megaprojects. In this episode, he talks more about the concept of FEL (Front End Loading) and its great importance. In the next and final episode, Ricardo talk about (...)
- Getting to know the World of Megaprojects: The Big Challenges - Part 1 of 3
- November 19th, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo starts a series of podcasts about the world of mega projects. What makes a project a megaproject? Ricardo talks about the characteristics, risks, and impacts of the failure or success of a megaproject. He also begins to (...)
- Understanding the 3 Factors to improve the Project Team sizing
- November 12th, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about how to make a better project team sizing according to three factors: the complexity and geographic dispersion of the work to be done and the team's maturity.
- 5 Ideas to Mitigate the Scope Changes in Your Project - Part 2 of 2
- July 2nd, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo continues to talk about how can we minimize scope changes in a project. He suggests another three other control measures: the formalization, the phasing of the project and the rolling wave planning.
- 5 Ideas to Mitigate the Scope Changes in Your Project - Part 1 of 2
- June 27th, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about how can we minimize scope changes in a project. He explains that we need to have a connection between the functional scope, client-oriented, and the technical scope, that is team-oriented. And that we also should (...)
- 5 Tips For Selling Project Management in your Company
- June 11th, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo gives us 5 tips on how to sell the idea of project management to people outside the area, i.e., how we can do the right marketing for people with different perceptions of those from projects managers.
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