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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Impact of Defaults on Decision Making

You probably consider that defaults (that is, what happens if nothing is done) have a marginal impact on people's decisions. And you probably consider that the more important the decision is the less impact defaults have. Right?
Actually, no. Things don't work this way. And in some cases, defaults can determine the results, even when the results are of the utmost importance.
Do you find this hard to believe? Please keep on reading then!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lessons Learned in a Kitchen

Shrimp moqueca
Quite by accident, I found myself cooking in a restaurant for 50 people. It all started by finding something out of the ordinary for a friend visiting Portugal and ended in a memorable evening with a few mishaps included.
The mishaps are the relevant and interesting parts of this entertaining story. This was just another real life example that a project is just a project, no matter the industry involved.
You find this a bit to far fetched, do you? Just keep on reading then!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Interview with Agnieszka Gasperini

I'm doing some volunteer work for the Information Systems Community of Practice (IS CoP) of the Project Management Institute (PMI). This work consists on interviewing some remarkable Project Managers and share the resulting video on YouTube and the IS CoP website.
I'm very proud to share Episode 7 of the Who Is Program, featuring Agnieszka Gasperini. It's a 53 minutes long interview so if you have 1 hour on your hands, use it well!




Friday, January 17, 2014

The Six Most Important Things To Follow For Improving Productivity in Organizations, by Sharon Thomson

Sharon Thomson
Organizations undertake various activities and operations which help them to achieve some key objectives which will spur their growth and development. But for successfully achieving these objectives, some important points need to be focused upon which will do away any inconsistencies and will improve an organization’s efficiency and productivity.
In an organization, there is so much to deal with employee-to-employee relationships, meetings, checks, monitoring of activities, conduction of events, etc that it becomes difficult to assess whether an organization is heading in the right direction in pursuit of its objectives. So many external and internal stimuli arise which affects its smooth functioning. Innumerable hurdles and problems prop up which upset the original plan and schedule envisaged for an organization’s functioning. To blunt their impact, a systematic approach has to be followed which will help to identify such issues at the earliest and help in their resolution quickly. This will not only save its time, costs and efforts, but will help it to achieve its goals in a successful and timely manner.

Friday, January 10, 2014

More Decision Biases: Choice Architecture


The way you present a choice for someone to make a decision can determine the decision itself. This may sound a bit far fetched and you may be thinking "Well, I guess you can build a scenario where people are almost forced to choose what we want". But the truth is that this is much, much easier to do than what you would expect.
There are many examples of this on advertising and marketing: from the way products are displayed on a supermarket to the ads we see that we don't think we remember, there are loads of examples.
But nothing like this can happen within a project. Or can it?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Projects and Programs Objectives


I'm usually responsible for the business benefits related to the projects I manage. This means that I have both to deliver whatever we're building in the project context AND to make sure that the business realizes the benefits the project was supposed to bring in the first place.
The thing is: why is this distinction so important between the project results and the business benefits? What are the impacts of one and the other? Which is best? And what should you do in your particular case?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Romain Rolland on What We Can Do


Why be angry because of what you cannot do? We all have to do what we can.

In "Jean-Christophe" (1904 - 1912). Romain Rolland (1866–1944) was a French dramatist, novelist, essayist, art historian and mystic who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Don Marquis on Quarreling


I have noticed that when chickens quit quarreling over their food they often find that there is enough for all of them.

In "Archy's Life of Mehitabel, random thoughts by Archy" (1933). Don Marquis (1878–1937) was a humorist, journalist, and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, newspaper columnist, and playwright.

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