Do You Know the 4D Project Management Model?

The 4D model is an exciting new approach to the discipline for the management of complex projects. You can find a brief introduction in the presentation below:

Soon I will write an article on this subject, but I leave here one question: Do you believe that the PMI methodology is with  its days numbered?

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Expiration Date for CEOs?

“I sometimes wonder if it would make sense for companies to set formal 7 to 10 year “term limits” on their Chief Executive Officers. Doing so would have several advantages:

  1. For every genius forced out, there would be far more executives who reached their peak performance years before the departure date. The term limit would be the board’s safety net, permitting an exit without rancor”.

Michael Wade in Term Limits for CEOs?

The Power of Perspective for Leaders and Project Managers

perspectiveAccording to the Oxford English Dictionary, Perspective is “a particular attitude towards something; a way to think about something”. I think in perspective as a matter of location between the observer and the observed object. When we change the position of the observer or the object, the perspective about it also changes automatically.

Applied to the business world this definition also brings great advantages to the project manager and leaders in general. It helps us to gain a new vision about the projects and problems we face daily and is also a good tool to stimulate our creativity and critical thinking.

Cinda Voegtli wrote a great article about this subject. An excerpt:

By looking at things through multiple lenses, I reduce the chance that I’ll miss something and am able to head lots of problems off at the pass.  And you’ll see below that the answers I get from the  different lenses often involve overlap – different lenses will identify some of the same risks, or planning items, or communication needs.  But that’s a good thing, because it raises my confidence that I really am looking thoroughly at the whole picture, even though I’m moving fast.

One of the best ways to practice the change of perspective is to engage  in the “what-if” game. For example, “If we do this, how will our customers respond? What will our superiors think? What impact will this have on our projects? What if there is something we have not considered?” This exercise will help to demonstrate the viability of your strategic decisions and should always be performed before you move then forward. Try to do it sometimes!

How to be a Strategic Leader and Why it is so Important to You Career

My new article at GeneralManagers.org:

There is a cliché in the business culture that tend to recognizes the strategic leader as one who has great ideas, talk a lot, is charismatic But in the end reaches very few practical results. To gather respect as a true strategic leader you need to work in conducts that accomplish the tension between achieve the routine daily tasks and the success in the long term. You must facilitate other’s strategic activities, too, by providing an equilibrium of management and independence, of learning from actions and rewarding appropriate risk-taking.

Read more here!

Lessons on How to Avoid a Corporate Zombie Apocalypse

From my article, on LinkedIn:

Instead of meat, corporate zombies have an insatiable appetite for power and influence. They usually gravitate their leaders and managers with an almost canine loyalty. In general, they accomplish their daily tasks with great speed and efficiency, essential requirement in order to remain active. Do not be fooled thinking that corporate zombies are only young professionals. You can find them at all levels and divisions. They are project manager, seniors VPs, CEOs, HR department people, team managers and are often aims to hire other corporate zombies to increase their army. This description did you remember some people, isn´t it?

Read more here!

Congratulations, You are a New Leader! Now What? – The Complete Series

I know from my own experience how to be at a leadership position for the first time can be a terrifying situation. To help you in this moment, I wrote a series of three articles on LinkedIn that can give you some ideas and guidance. Here they are:

I hope that my little collection of tips and advices will be useful for the development of your career, which is just beginning for sure. If you want to deepen the discussion or raise any aspects or skills not addressed in these three articles, please leave your comments below. I will always be happy to talk – and learn – with you.

Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Complete Series (until now)

In my series mastering the basics of project management  that I started in 2010I used to focus on technical aspects of the work (e.g., tool, templates, or technique to help manage scope, schedules, and people), according to the PMBOK 4th and 5th editions. Below you will find the complete list of the articles posted until now.

  1. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: The Project Cost and Budget Management
  2. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: Managing Distributed Project Teams
  3. Mastering the basics of project management: Establishing Team Rules of Engagemen
  4. Mastering the basics of project management: the Project Leadership
  5. Mastering the Basics of Project Management: Writing Better e-mails
  6. Mastering the basics of project management: the Project Plan – Part 1
  7. Mastering the basics of project management: Goal and Objectives Settings
  8. Mastering the basics of project management: Scheduling techniques and time management
  9. Mastering the basics of project management: what a project really is?

Bonus 1Mastering the Project Manager Mindset: Foundational Skills

Bonus 2Three Essential Leadership Behaviors for Project Managers

Bonus 3Some Reasons Why Our IT Projects Continue To Fail

Bonus 4: Are You Prepared to Face These 12 Traits of a Modern Leader?