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.
How to Get to the Root of a Problem Using the 5 Whys Technique
In this week's episode, Ricardo explains the 5 Whys technique to help you identify the root cause of an event, a specific risk, or even support your decision-making process.
The technique, although simple, has nuances that allow you to be more effective and expand its range of uses beyond what was proposed by its creator, the founder of Toyota in the 1930s.
Ricardo shows how to use 5 Whys in measuring intangibles, problem-solving, risk response development, and also in combined applications such as the use of 5 Whys with AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process).
Accountability: We Have to Live With the Decisions We Make
In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about accountability and the discomfort we face most of the time when making decisions.
Having the chance to make decisions are one of the most significant freedom examples we have. However, it comes with a lot of pain because we do not know precisely a decision is correct or not.
If we take only the professional lens, we have to make decisions constantly, bringing stress, but we have no other option. It is our duty.
And do not think that delay decision is a good option. When you delay decisions, you are deciding anyway: you just chose to do nothing.
This was your decision.
Reflections on the Impact of the Suez Canal Blockage: Reassessing Enterprise Risks
Ricardo tries to see the incident from different perspectives. From the standpoint of Evergreen Marine (ship operator) to the other shipping companies.
From the perspective of the Egyptian government to the perspective of countries that rely heavily on global trade.
Finally, he discusses your view as someone managing a project that relies on equipment or supplies coming from the other side of the world.
The Ebb and Flow of Ideation and Its Role on Brainstorming
In this week's episode, Ricardo shares a concept he saw in a Design Thinking course he did recently: The Ebb and Flow of Ideation.
Dev Patnaik introduces this straightforward and effective concept in the Product Development Best Practices Report. It is centered on the concept that better ideas are interspersed with absurd ones during ideation, and a wild idea is the fuel to generate new brilliant ones.
Leveraging your Product Development Results with the Kano Model
In this week's episode, Ricardo introduces the Kano Model, one of the easiest and more effective ways to prioritize product and service's features based on their potential to satisfy clients. Listen to the episode to learn more about the five patterns or categories created by Noriaki Kano to classify the features and identify those you should focus on developing.
You Should Learn How to Manage by Exception
In this week's episode, Ricardo discusses one of the critical principles of the PRINCE2 method: the management by exception.
Managing by exception is a key pillar to save time and the overload of communications by setting boundaries of action and escalating issues. This principle is useful in every type of project and every method.
Listen to the episode to learn more about avoiding unnecessary reporting and communication, empowering your teams to manage their work boundaries and keeping your focus on exceptions.
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Very thorough advice in 5 minutes
This is a great PM podcast!
I listen to this podcast often as I am a student studying project management and love it.
i deeply enjoy this podcast. It keeps me up to date on what's happening in the construction industry and project management. Ricardo is deeply passionate about PMI and it shows. Initially there was a slight language barrier but I quickly got used it. It's not a big deal :))
é excelente podcast :)