In this podcast Ricardo discuss the relevance of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to the Project Cost Management, specifically during the budget estimating. The podcast also discuss the influence of the WBS quality to the budget quality and the difference between cost and price in a project.
- Cost Estimating – Part 2 of 3
- March 2nd, 2015
In this episode, Ricardo continues to talk about cost estimates, explaining how to use the capacity factor to calculate costs when there is economy of scale.
- Cost Estimating – Part 1 of 3
- February 23rd, 2015
In this episode, the first in a series of three podcasts on costing, Ricardo talks about the types of analysis that we can do during the project cost estimation.
- How to keep the Stakeholders informed about the Project Deliverables: The Secret of the Milestones
- July 27th, 2014
In this podcast, Ricardo gives tips on how to create your WBS to better communicate key project deliverables to the project stakeholders.
- Measuring the Physical Progress of the Project
- January 20th, 2014
How to measure how far you are to finish a task where creativity is relevant and inspiration can accelerate or decelerate the progress? In this podcast, Ricardo talks about how we can best measure the real physical progress of the project and (...)
- Lines of Balance - Part 2 of 2
- January 12th, 2014
In this second part of the podcast about Lines of Balance, Ricardo talks more about how this concept can be used in the project's planning and control phases. This time, Ricardo gives an example about the application of lines of balance in an (...)
- Lines of Balance - Part 1 of 2
- January 6th, 2014
In this podcast, Ricardo begins to explain what Line of Balance are and how can they be used. He gives an example of how to plan repetitive tasks in order to achieve optimal resources allocation and also know how the project's speed and progress (...)
- 3 Success Factors in the Procurement Process
- June 10th, 2013
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the dangers of underestimate the complexity of the procurement management. He gives three tips on how we can increase the chance of success in our projects. They are: 1 - Seek knowledge about what will be (...)
- The WBS Dictionary
- January 21st, 2013
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Dictionary. He explains that this document may be called the work packages instruction manual and gives tips on how to plan well your dictionary.
- Understanding the Difference Between Cost and Price
- January 14th, 2013
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the difference between cost and price. Many people are confused and Ricardo explains what's behind each one, differentiating them.
- Project Management as a Life Skill
- September 3rd, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo invites us to think in the Project Management concepts as skills for the personal and professional lifes of any person, not just project managers. Much of what is discussed in project management and many of its tools may be (...)
- When Much sometimes is Too Much
- July 23rd, 2012
In this podcast, listen Ricardo's opinion on the level of detail of the project scope. How much detail we have to pursue? What is a good size for a work package?
- Make or Buy Decision
- April 17th, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the choice of producing a work or service internally or purchase thru a supplier. He shows five items that are important when making the decision and also explains that there are other important criteria for (...)
- What is the Difference Between WBS Item, Work Package, Tasks and WBS Dictionary?
- March 26th, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo talks in detail about the components of the WBS. He gives several examples and tips, and explains that the WBS is a fundamental tool for the project and will ensure that the project will deliver the service or product that is (...)
- 4 Mechanisms for Forecast the Project Schedule and Cost
- February 6th, 2012
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the methods of forecasting project schedule and cost. He comments that there are four methods of predicting future project performance: time series methods, causal/econometrics methods, judgmental methods and (...)
- WBS and the Deliverables Orientation: How to Implement the Same Tasks in Several Departments
- July 18th, 2011
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about how to create a WBS. He explains that even though there are no specific rules to create a WBS, the most important thing is to allow the ones who will execute the work to fully understand what needs to be done. (...)
- The cost of Project Management and the PMO
- June 28th, 2011
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about how appropriate the amounts allocated to the project management activities in the project. He explains that there is no an international standard to define the values, but there are good practices. Ricardo also (...)
- Identifying the Project Vital Signs
- June 20th, 2011
In this podcast, Ricardo makes a comparison between monitoring of the project and monitoring of a patient in an Intensive Care at the hospital. He explains that the Project Manager should monitor since the beginning, the project vital signs and based (...)
- Working With Multiple Projects
- August 9th, 2010
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the fractionation of a project into smaller slices. He explains that if the project is large you can divide it into phases when there is not dependency between them. He shows the advantages and disadvantages of (...)
- How to Plan a Very Urgent Project?
- June 29th, 2010
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the key information that must be produced by the project manager when receives a very urgent project and need understand the purpose, scope, budget, schedule and constraints of the project in a very short (...)
- Automotive recall from the perspective of Project Management
- March 8th, 2010
In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the problems of recall in the automotive industry which occurred in February and how project management can help in situations like this. He explains that there is an increasing pressure on time and lower costs, (...)
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