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5 Minutes 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.

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5 Minutes 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.

    The Disturbing Results of Gallup State of the Global Workforce Report 2022

    The Disturbing Results of Gallup State of the Global Workforce Report 2022

    In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about the Gallup - State of the Global Workspace 2022 report.

    This report is the result of an interview with people around the world and shows the level of stress, motivation, and engagement of people working in companies.

    According to the report, 60% of people interviewed consider themselves disconnected from work. And to make matters worse, 19% are actively disengaged. 79% of people are unhappy with their work.

    A frightening number.

    Ricardo also talks about the book he just released with Harold Kerzner and Al Zeitoun: Project Management Next Generation: The Pillars for Organizational Excellence.

    The book has several cases from companies worldwide, showing good project management practices.

    Listen to this week's #5minpodcast to learn more.

    • 5 min
    Evaluating 5 Applications of AI in Project Management based on Impact and Complexity to Implement

    Evaluating 5 Applications of AI in Project Management based on Impact and Complexity to Implement

    In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about the potential applications of artificial intelligence in projects and compares the different impacts and implementation complexity of each of them.

    He comments that a project that is self-managed in all dimensions by Artificial Intelligence will have a tremendous impact on both the people involved in the project and the project itself. However, the complexity of deploying artificial intelligence mechanisms of this magnitude is extraordinarily high and unlikely in the short or medium-term horizon.

    AI seeks to identify patterns and learn from those patterns or rules. In the example of games like chess or Go, there is a closed system, and the rules do not change throughout the game, making learning possible.

    However, behavioral issues such as trading and risks involve a much more complex and unpredictable scenario, where the machine has difficulty interpreting and recognizing patterns.

    Ricardo talks about five items where artificial intelligence can be used for projects and assesses the complexity and impact of each one.

    Listen to this week's #5minpodcast to learn about the five applications of artificial intelligence and assess the complexity of implementing each one and its impact on projects.

    • 7 min
    Using Zoom In and Zoom Out to Master your Leadership Skills

    Using Zoom In and Zoom Out to Master your Leadership Skills

    In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about "Zoom In" and "Zoom Out" in projects, that is, how different perspectives on a problem can dramatically change our ability to solve it.

    Making an analogy with a photo, when we use Zoom in, we can see in more detail a small part of that photo. This Zoom In helps us understand "surgically" when in a crisis scenario. However, in some situations, Zoom In makes us lose context, leaving us overwhelmed with the level of detail.

    When we use Zoom Out, we get the big picture, and we get to see the context; we get the Big Picture. However, if we use Zoom Out all the time, we miss a detail, which in many situations is important.

    Ricardo suggests that you see the article by Rosabeth Kanter from Harvard Business School about the subject.

    Listen to this week's #5minpodcast to learn more.

    #ProjectManagement #Leadership #crisis

    • 5 min
    My 5 Tips for a Great Daily Scrum

    My 5 Tips for a Great Daily Scrum

    In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about the Daily Scrum, the daily Scrum meeting.

    Ricardo gives five tips that can increase the effectiveness of the process, including aspects related to duration, format, and even the sequence of topics to be addressed.

    Spoiler: It is possible to use many Daily Scrum features in project meetings that use other approaches!

    Listen to this week's #5minpodcast to learn more.

    • 7 min
    Don’t Be Trapped by the Easy Certification Route

    Don’t Be Trapped by the Easy Certification Route

    In this week's episode, Ricardo addresses the pitfalls of the "easy" route to certification. He explains that we often want to find a shortcut to achieving our goals, such as getting a professional certification. However, the certification may apply to your CV or LinkedIn profile. Now, if it is not accompanied by understanding, it is worth little and survives even less.

    We have many course options that promise a 2-day training to pass certification or get your money back. With all the respect for the options of each one, this type, of course, teaches how to pass the test but does not teach the hard task of leading projects.

    And what matters to the customer, to your company and to you, is not the credential after the name. It is the project delivering the value that was promised.

    Ricardo makes an analogy between certification and a driving license. You can do a driving school and pass the test because you were lucky or even because you trained so much on that specific race circuit that you simply memorized the movements. Here comes the question: do you know how to drive?

    Listen to this week's #5minpodcast to learn more.

    #Project Management, #Certication, #PMP, #Scrum, career

    • 7 min
    Forensic Planning: Using Project Management to Address Claims, Disputes and Litigations

    Forensic Planning: Using Project Management to Address Claims, Disputes and Litigations

    In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about Forensic Planning, explaining that this is an area of ​​Project Management widely used for claims, litigation, and lawsuits.

    Often in capital projects or large projects, delays and other types of disruption happen when parties disagree on which side is responsible.

    This type of work attempts to assess and support the parties in the solution and identify the root cause of the problem. For example, analyzing whether that delay could be avoided or not or whether the cost overrun can be repaired by one of the parties or not.

    Ricardo explains that the traditional concept of Gantt chart or critical path analysis is being used in courtrooms, moderation panels, and measurements to address this type of dispute between stakeholders through forensic planning.

    He also ends with a challenge. Why can't other types of projects benefit from this type of approach?

    Listen to this week's #5minpodcast to learn more.

    • 5 min

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