Fouad-Ghoneim

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Fouad has 12 years of planning experience in cement and glass industry. Over five years of experience managing projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes short and long term planning, project management, contracts and procurement, data analysis, claims adjudication and business writing. Fouad was a certified in 2015 as a Project Management Professional. Search to answer the big question "Life is a big project...How we can successes in it...???"

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Happy New Year....With all best wishes to all

A Leadership Primer from General Colin Powell

Projects Investment and Design Review Impact

Human Behavioral and Project Management - (4) Quality Management

Human Behavioral and Project Management - (3) Work-Life Balance

Happy New Year....With all best wishes to all

Posted on: January 01, 2018 01:15 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

A Leadership Primer from General Colin Powell

Let's share with you a compendium of advice from the general Colin Powell about Leadership primer:

Lesson #1

"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off."

Lesson #2

"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."

Lesson #3

"Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world."

Lesson #4

"Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard."

Lesson #5

"Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant."

Lesson #6

"You don't know what you can get away with until you try."

Lesson #7

"Keep looking below surface appearances. Don't shrink from doing so (just) because you might not like what you find."

Lesson #8

"Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavours succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds."

Lesson #9

"Organization charts and hence titles count for next to nothing."

Lesson #10

"Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it."

Lesson #11

"Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission."

Lesson #12

"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."

Lesson #13

"Powell's Rules for Picking People"—Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done."

Lesson #14

"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand."

Lesson #15

Part I: "Use the formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the probability of success and the numbers indicate the percentage of information acquired." Part II: "Once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, go with your gut."

Lesson #16

"The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise."

Lesson #17

"Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it. Spend time with your families." 

Lesson #18

"Command is lonely."

hope these lessons provide you the same road to success that they provided General Powell. Good luck...!!!

 

 

Posted on: May 17, 2016 05:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Projects Investment and Design Review Impact

The design review provides a forum in which questions can be answered, assumptions clarified and advice sought. They are a useful mechanism whereby the design of a product can be optimized through a systematic review of and feedback on design process outputs. Typically, a number of formal and informal reviews are conducted during the duration of a design project phase.

The objectives of a design review are to ensure that all contributory factors and reasonable design options have been considered, and that the design meets the requirements as outlined in the Product Development Specification. The design team are responsible for providing an accurate, concise overview of the design to-date and the facilitation of productive discussions. Reviewers are responsible for assessing the design to ensure that it can be produced, tested, installed, operated and maintained in a manner that is acceptable to the customer.

Design Review Types:

Often, different types of reviews are combined into a single review. The following provides a sample of the different design reviews that can be conducted:

Requirements Review: is conducted to ensure that all of the appropriate requirements and constraints have been clearly and completely identified.

System Design Review: In the case of large systems being developed, a system design review examines the allocation of requirements to individual configuration items.

Preliminary Design Review: Design concepts are evaluated for feasibility, technical adequacy and general compliance with requirements, and the relative merits/weaknesses of different concepts are presented.

Critical Design Review: is an intermediate design review that occurs after the detail design is complete and prior to the fabrication of prototypes or pre-production models.

Test Readiness Review: that will be applied to prototypes or pre-production units to verify the design against the requirements. These plans are reviewed for reliability and completeness.

Final Design Review: is conducted after prototypes or preproduction units have been through verification testing. Problems encountered during this testing and the respective solutions are examined.

Production Readiness Review: A number of PRRs are held through the development of a product and are not usually tied to other design reviews.

Ad Hoc Reviews: Problems may arise during the course of the project that may drastically change the direction of the design. In such situations, it may be appropriate to call a design review in order obtain multidisciplinary input before proceeding with critical decisions.

Design Review Team:

The key participants at a design review include the Chairperson, the design team, subject

matter experts and the customer.

Design Review Conducting:

For all of the reviewers you should confirm that will have a full understanding of all of the aspects of the design background or technology and be sure to take suggestions and comments seriously, as they may in fact help you in your development.to get the optimum results.

Design Review Report:

Due to all of items requiring follow-up should have an associated date for completion, the minutes should identify the participants of the meeting and the roles they played and registered to help during various meeting and report creation.

In addition to the meeting minutes, the report should contain the status of each issue or action item as well as the details on the resolution of these items. If further investigation, testing or other analyses have been completed, evidence of these should be furnished.

Benefits of Design Review:

To get optimum benefits from design review, it should schedule in project management plan; some of benefits are:

  • Early detection for customer satisfaction.
  • Incentives for investment control/reduction.
  • Reduced Work during testing.
  • Reduced errors in maintenance.

Finally, the earlier in the design process that errors are identified, the less costly they are to correct (Boehm 1985).

Posted on: May 01, 2016 07:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Human Behavioral and Project Management - (4) Quality Management

What’s Quality & Quality Management…?

The term "quality" has a relative meaning. This is expressed by the ISO definition: "The totality of features and characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs". In simpler words, one can say that a product has good quality when it "complies with the requirements specified by the client". 

Quality management is a discipline for ensuring that outputs, benefits, and the processes by which they are delivered, meet stakeholder requirements and are fit for purpose.

Inside an organization that is take care about quality, three components should be founded:

  1. Quality Management:

A statement of objectives and policy to produce quality should be made for the organization or department concerned and also identifies the internal organization and responsibilities for the effective operation of the Quality System.

Which should be included the continual improvement strategy that is the generic term used by organizations to describe how information provided by quality assurance and quality control processes is used to drive improvements in efficiency and effectiveness.

  1. Quality Assurance:

As The ISO definition: "the assembly of all planned and systematic actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that a product, process, or service will satisfy given quality requirements."

  1. Quality Control:

As defined by ISO as "the operational techniques and activities that are used to satisfy quality requirements. An important part of the quality control is the Quality Assessment: the system of activities to verify if the quality control activities are effective, in other words: an evaluation of the products themselves.

Human Behavioral & Quality

Projects, programs and portfolios are ultimately about motivating and coordinating People (Project Team) to achieve specified objectives that’s should be satisfied by another People (Customers or Stakeholders). In order to do this, an individual manager needs to understand various skills and deliver these in a professional manner.

Behaviorism see psychological disorders as the result of maladaptive learning, as people are born a blank slate and assumes that all behavior is learnt from the environment and symptoms are acquired through classical conditioning and operating conditions; So, quality vision and targets should be build-in project management methodology.

People management is a process and should be studied like any other processes in project. They need to be assessed and trained on the latest requirements of process and product quality as required by the customers and market and identified correctly what’s customer needs to prevent the gold plating.

 

Gold Plating “refers to the process or concept of adding functionality beyond what is covered by the requirements - possibly even beyond what is practical or reasonable for the effort”.

 

Project manager should be always managing a way to make the project customer/key stakeholders feel more important with easy way to show more value as a PM to the customer on various project phases.

Finally, Project Manager should be has a coaching skills that's will inevitably be times when you need to correct behavior. Learn to do this properly. If you do it correctly, you will get the results you want. If you do it poorly, things can go horribly wrong.

Posted on: March 04, 2016 09:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Human Behavioral and Project Management - (3) Work-Life Balance

Life sometimes takes over and these days, work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat; but like when you are leading a major project, you should determine early on what a win should look like. The same principle applies to leading a deliberate life: You have to define what success means to you—understanding, of course, that your definition will evolve over time— then you plan your project/life.

Same case should be planned in your project life cycle; many projects fails due to the project culture/team doesn’t have a fit balance between work and real life. When you have a healthy work-life balance is essential to keeping employees productive, happy and sharp. So, one of project manager role is to keep a project life in balancing mode for his business target and team emotional. Work-life balance means something different to every individual, but you will be found many of health and career experts share tips to help you find the balance that’s right for you.

“When I talk about balance, not everything has to be the completion and achievement of a task, it also has to include self-care so that your body, mind and soul are being refreshed,” says Puder-York.

For project managers, finding that balance may take a little extra effort; so, some of tips that can help a project manager:

  1. Success…???

Firstly, you should define what’s make you successful or what’s your goals included prioritized them with time frame.

  1. How to achieve…???

Secondly, you should plan your efforts to achieve your goals without to be deeply under pressure you or your team almost of time.

  1. Support…???

You should establish a support networks both in the office and at home; Project managers always need to communicate – So, may be some of the busiest people in an office, but that doesn't mean their personal lives should suffer.

Finally, so how do you deal with work/life balance? Here are some key ideas:

  1. Everything is not equally important. Do fewer things and do them well.
  2. Decide what your values are — and which ones take precedence.
  3. Do the things that get disproportionate results.
  4. Focus on the things only you can do.
  5. Do the important things which must be done now.

It’s not simple and it won’t be resolved tomorrow but you can get much, much better at this with time.

Posted on: February 08, 2016 07:49 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)
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