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Risks are all over your project, from the birth of the idea to completion. Maximize benefits with true risk management of your project. In this blog, I bring ideas, some basic level of knowledge on key project subjects. I try to have everything identical in English and French.

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One Century of Radio Broadcast

We are in a period of significant technological innovation. We have been for a long time, each generation has had important innovations for over a century. Creativity is the source of most innovations. Whether by using existing technology in a different way or combined with other technology or in a very different context. Our imagination is the fuel of our creativity as well as innovations.

Radio waves have been part of our life for over a century now. The first radio station broadcast took place on May 20, 1920, in Montreal. It was Marconi's XWA station which stood for "eXperimental Wireless Apparatus". The station was then renamed CFCF, it has long been part of the English network of Radio-Canada.

The use of radio waves has evolved into television, cell phones, wifi and BlueTooth. We are now on the most recent version of cellular with 5G. None of these innovations has eliminated the previous one. We are still listening to the radio. It was a series of technological developments that generated many projects and was used by an incredible number of projects. Innovations that increased the efficiency of projects and opened up new possibilities. These innovations are now part of our lives and it is no longer possible in our projects not to use them. On the contrary, the projects benefit greatly: increased information, real-time updating, etc.

Radio waves have been part of the reality of projects for quite some time. Are they used in your projects?


Nous sommes dans une période d’innovation technologique importante. Nous le sommes depuis un bon moment, chaque génération a eu des innovations importantes depuis plus d’un siècle. La créativité est la source de la plupart des innovations. Que ce soit par l’utilisation de technologie existante d’une façons diffèrente ou combiné avec d’autre technologies ou dans un contexte très différent. Notre imagination est le carburant de notre créativité ainsi que de nos innovations.

Les ondes radio font partie de notre vie depuis maintenant plus un siècle. La première diffusion de station radio a eu lieu le 20 mai 1920, à Montréal. C’était la station XWA de Marconi qui signifiait « eXperimental Wireless Apparatus ». La station a ensuite été renommée CFCF, elle a longtemps fait partie du réseau anglais de Radio-Canada.

L’utilisation des ondes radio a évolué vers la télévision, les cellulaires, le wifi et bluetooth. Nous en sommes maintenant à la plus récente version du cellulaire avec le 5G. Aucune de ces innovations n’a pour autant éliminé la précédente. Nous écoutons toujours la radio. Ce fut une série d’évolutions technologiques qui a généré de nombreux projets et a été utilisée par un nombre incroyable de projets. Des innovations qui ont augmenté l’efficacité des projets et ont ouvert de nouvelles possibilités. Ces innovations font maintenant partie de nos vies et il n’est plus possible dans nos projets de ne pas les utiliser.  Au contraire, les projets en bénéficient grandement : augmentation de l’information, actualisation en temps réel, etc.

Les ondes radio font partie de la réalité des projets depuis déjà un bon moment. Sont-elles utilisées dans vos projets?

Posted on: February 28, 2020 02:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Unexpected events

Will the current context of the COVID-19 virus affect your project? Is this already the case?

Despite all the technology we have or because of it, the impact of viruses is enormous. A virus can go around the world in a few days, and even in a few hours.

For most projects, this will probably have little or no impact. If so, you're in luck! However, this is not the case for all projects.

Your project is supplied by products that contain components made in the region of the epicentre of contamination. How will a delay in receiving products affect your project? Will he have to undergo a minor or major delay? Does your contract consider this type of event as force majeure? It's time to look at what your options are.

The transport of goods is strongly impacted. A Canadian company supplies air handling systems that are used in hospitals for one of the Wuhan hospital projects. However, although the equipment is available, it is not possible to transport it to its destination, priority being given to medical supplies.

The impact could be longer than what could have been planned. What are the other solutions? Using a replacement product that is manufactured in a region not affected by COVID-19, possibly with different performance. In the current context, you still have to check with your client which variations in quality, cost or probable delay are the most acceptable. Similar products with a different superior or inferior performance and a similar impact on costs and deadlines potentially exist, it's up to you to offer them.

Will the increasing possibility of a pandemic affect your suppliers? An analysis of their sources of supply, their risks is undoubtedly desirable.

An opportunity could also arise. Indeed it seems more and more possible that the impact of a slowdown in the economy leads to a drop in interest rates, will allow a lower cost for the financing of your project.

A complete analysis of the situation of your project is necessary.


Le contexte actuel du virus COVID-19 affectera-t-il votre projet? Est-ce déjà le cas?

Malgré toute la technologie dont nous disposons ou à cause de celle-ci, l’impact des virus est énorme. Un virus peut faire le tour de la planète en quelques jours, et même en quelques heures.

Pour la plupart des projets, ce sera sans doute sans impact ou très peu. Si c’est votre cas, vous avez de la chance! Cependant, ce n’est pas le cas pour l’ensemble des projet

L’approvisionnement de votre projet est assuré par des produits qui comportent des composantes fabriquées dans la région de l’épicentre de la contamination. Comment un retard de réception des produits affectera votre projet ? Devra-t-il subir un retard mineur ou majeur? Votre contrat considère-t-il ce type d’événement comme force majeure? Il est temps de regarder quelles sont vos options.

Le transport des marchandises est fortement impacté. Une entreprise canadienne fournit des systèmes de traitement d’air qui sont utilisés dans les hôpitaux, pour un des projets d’hôpitaux de Wuhan. Cependant bien que les équipements soient disponibles, il n’est pas possible de les transporter à destination, la priorité étant donnée aux fournitures médicales.

L’impact pourrait être plus long que ce qui a pu être planifié. Quelles sont les autres solutions? L’utilisation d’un produit de remplacement qui n’est pas affecté par le COVID-19, peut-être avec une performance différente. Dans le contexte actuel, il vous reste à vérifier auprès de votre client lesquelles des variations de qualité, de coûts ou de délai probable sont les plus acceptables. Des produits similaires ayant une performance différente supérieure ou inférieure et un impact similaire sur les coûts et les délais existent potentiellement, à vous de les proposer.

 La possibilité croissante d’une pandémie, affectera-t-elle vos fournisseurs? Une analyse de leurs sources d’approvisionnement, de leurs risques est sans doute souhaitable.

Une opportunité pourrait aussi se présenter. En effet il semble de plus en plus possible que l’impact d’un ralentissement de l’économie entraine une baisse de taux d’intérêt, permettra un coût moindre pour le financement de votre projet.

Une analyse complète de la situation de votre projet est nécessaire.

Posted on: February 26, 2020 03:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Go/NoGo

Pour la  version en Francais🇫🇷

The proposal usually prepared following a call for tenders. An important step for many companies must be done with great care.

 Many companies will already have a pre-analysis process, a Go / NoGo. In this process, we will determine if we want to move forward. Different criteria specific to the company will be used to decide.

 It is in this part of the process, an evaluation of the alignment of the proposed project with the strategy of the company will be evaluated. This preliminary analysis will make a choice. Remember that it is expensive to bid and that the human resources of the company are not unlimited.

 The elements to be evaluated are numerous, many criteria can be specific to the company. They will be influenced by the area of business, the size of the company, growth objectives, risk tolerance for example.

 A number of reviews analyzes are often performed. I provide you with some ideas that could align you.

 • In the case of a project in a foreign country, one will want to evaluate the political and economic stability, especially for a first project in the country.

• The call for tenders is made by a current customer or a new customer for the company. The risks are different, as well as the potential benefits.

• What will be the language of the communications, if not ours, do we have people internally or will we have to hire new people.

• The scope of the project, do we have the experience.

• What are the benefits of doing this project for the company, developing a new market segment in line with the strategic plan?

 We will probably want to have a preliminary assessment of the chances of winning the call for tenders. The other main bidders, who are they?

Following this analysis, we will decide on a Go / NoGo to bid.

 


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La proposition, généralement préparée suite à un appel d’offres. Une démarche importante pour beaucoup d’entreprises doit être faite avec beaucoup de soins.

De nombreuses entreprises auront déjà en place un processus de préanalyse, un Go/NoGo. Dans cette démarche, on établira si l’on souhaite aller de l’avant. Différents critères propres à l’entreprise serviront à décider. 

C’est dans cette portion de la démarche, une évaluation de l’enlignement du projet proposé avec la stratégie de l’entreprise sera réalisée. Cette analyse préliminaire permettra de faire un choix. Rappelons qu’il est couteux de soumissionner, et que les ressources humaines de l’entreprise ne sont pas illimitées. 

Les éléments à évaluer sont nombreux, beaucoup de critères peuvent être spécifiques à l’entreprise. Ils seront influencés par le domaine d’affaires, la taille de l’entreprise, les objectifs de croissances, la tolérance au risque par exemple.

Un certain nombre d’analyses sommaires sont souvent effectuées. Je vous fournis quelques idées qui pourraient vous aligner.

·      Dans le cas d’un projet dans un pays étranger, on voudra évaluer la stabilité politique et économique, surtout pour un premier projet dans le pays.

·      L’appel d’offres est fait par un client actuel ou un nouveau client pour l’entreprise. Les risques sont différents, ainsi que les bénéfices potentiels.

·      Quelle sera la langue des communications, si ce n’est pas la nôtre, avons-nous des personnes à l’interne ou devrons-nous engager de nouvelles personnes.

·      L’envergure du projet, en avons-nous l’expérience. 

·      Quels sont les bénéfices de faire ce projet pour l’entreprise, développer un nouveau segment de marché en lien avec le plan stratégique ?

On voudra surement avoir une évaluation préliminaire des chances de gagner l’appel d’offres. Les principaux autres soumissionnaires, qui sont-ils ?

Suite à cette analyse, on décidera d’un Go/NoGo pour soumissionner.

Posted on: July 29, 2019 12:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Powerful Form of Professional Development

Continuous education comes in many shapes, forms and flavours. We now have so many ways to learn. We all share one goal, increases our value by additional knowledge. 

Since childhood, we have been learning. First by listening and looking at others and doing the same, our first step, our first word. We have increased our way of learning since that age. What are the other forms of learning?

The first that comes to mind is formal classroom education. The education format most of us experience since 1st grade. Where one teacher would talk to a group of students. Those classrooms could be from a few people to a few hundred in higher degrees. You may have experienced it also for specialized training, seminars or conferences.

Then there is a series of ways we learned, by coaching, mentoring, e-learning, communities of practice. Just to name some of those we all have been exposed to.

Recently I was invited to a book launch by a friend, the co-author. The book “Collaborer et agir - Mieux et autrement” was presented, it would translate to “Collaborate and act—better and otherwise.” The event was not only that the book was launched, but some simulation of co-development was proposed for a better understanding of the kind of learning that the book promoted.

So I was exposed to a different format call, “Professional Co-development”. Developed in the 1990s by Adrien Payette and Claude Champagne from Montréal, Québec. It seems to be taking more and more places. The approach was to valorize experience and use the multiplying strength of a small group.  

I don’t plan to fully explain the extent of this training approach here. But here are a few key parts.

How is the group form?

A small group of people is formed, less than 8 is suggested, with an animator/facilitator. They will have meetings at a regular frequency, once or twice a month or other agree on frequency. The meeting duration is a few hours, long enough to have a complete discussion on the subject chosen by the “client”, typically 3–4 hours. Those meetings need to place each participant as the “client” at one time, so it could take close to a year.

All is governed by some rules. The first is trust, so that can influence the group creation. The content of the meeting needs to be confidential. Participants need to be willing to share an experience.

So, the group can be formed by Project Manager involved in different projects. It could also be a mix of various managing people in a single project. 

How is it done?

In turn, each participant takes the demanding role (client) explaining what it is they want to improve/solve for the meeting. The other members of the group would then act as “consultants” to help solve the problem presented or in improving the aspect of the practice that was identified by the “Client”. Not to forget, there is a facilitator to ensure positive group dynamics.

The meeting agenda is composed of 7 steps clearly defined. That is the role and responsibility of the facilitator, to follow the steps and respect the time-space.

Benefits?

Like any other form of training, there are multiple. Some that I found the most interesting are the team building, for the organization. Learn how to better ask questions and listen to the answer. Since the problems presented are real, the solution finding principle is very valuable.

That simple?

No, not really, many books were written first by the coauthor of the approach and then a few others. It is a well-organized type of training that includes many rules and steps all well documented.

That was just to get you exposed to this training concept, “Professional Co-development”. This is far from a complete explanation. Hope you discover the basis of this innovating approach to learning.

Posted on: April 10, 2019 09:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Do our projects impact distribution of wealth.

Have a look at this article “Technology has unveiled a troubling economic truth” from the World Economic Forum.

Some projects reveal the gap that is increasing some may contribute!

In the video, look at the gap between productivity and wage over time.

Posted on: December 03, 2017 10:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)
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