Fouad has 13 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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key speakers during Egypt Cement Manufacturing Conference 2018

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Ten skills you need to thrive by 2020

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Enterprise Vision between Managers & Leaders Actions

As in all cases when overwhelm hits, the best approach is to break down all the “stuff” and start to analyze it in more detail. It is very important to know first what the right things that must you do are, and then take a tactical action to do these things in right way.

Posted on: March 08, 2018 02:34 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

key speakers during Egypt Cement Manufacturing Conference 2018

I have been honoured to be invited among key speakers during Egypt Cement Manufacturing Conference 2018 Organized by IQPC Middle East, Come and hear real-life case studies from cement manufacturers and meet with leading industry vendors to find out about the latest market trends.

Posted on: February 02, 2018 04:13 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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 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)

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

- George Bernard Shaw