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Podcast 20 – Projects in Chaos with Cesar Abeid

Podcast 20 – Projects in Chaos with Cesar Abeid

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Cesar Abeid is a certified Project Management Professional from ‘PM for the Masses’.

In this podcast Cesar shares his wealth of project management experience to explore the topic of identifying projects in chaos and what individuals can do to get them out of trouble.

Cesar works as a full time Project Manager for Remontech – a company that provides services for construction project managers.

Points raised in this podcast:

  • A project is there to solve a problem, so in essence every project is bound to be chaotic as we are dealing with people.
  • An ‘S Curve’ graph focuses on the percentage of completion from month to month is a great way to ensure projects are working well.
  • Comparing two ‘S Curves’ with what is planned to take place and the actual events that take place, if the ‘S Curve’ doesn’t match up month on month you can measure the effectiveness or whether a project is trending to be in chaos.
  • Project meetings and the environment can provide an insight into the status of the project and whether progress is health.
  • When you work with people you like and trust processes can be highly effective.
  • Sub contractors who don’t have a lot of room to move budget-wise can find the process highly stressful when budgets expand and unexpected challenges come to a head.
  • ICT assumptions are included in scope and can be a cause of conflict in a chaotic project, covering your bases as a sub contractor can help to avoid conflict and aim for a smoother process during the project management phase.
  • Aim to have no surprises where possible, assumptions aren’t always clear so talk with stakeholders and team members to ensure everyone is clear on each step and phase of the project implementation.
  • To get out of trouble it is essential to remember what the project is supposed to do, how can we change the scope to ensure success. Focus on what does success look like and how can we achieve that with what is available.
  • Cost, time and/or quality may need to be changed to achieve a positive outcome. Sometimes cancelling the project is the best thing to do.
  • The power of relationships is fundamental to a project. Ensure you build professional relationships that are truly based on care. Know people’s names, understand their background and communicate in such a way that when things go wrong, you have a greater understanding of how to manage people within the organisation.
  • Get good estimates when you are commencing the project, find out how long each steps really take and get a better understanding how long it will take people to be 50% complete and then 100% complete.


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