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Brazil Olympics, a challenging Project?
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I have seen lots of comments indicating the challenges Brazil have facing hosting the Olympics. Please comment on this if you wish. But....

I have not seen many comments on the POSITIVE aspects of hosting such a great event. In terms of project opportunities and the expectation that it will contribute to the country growth as financial investments will benefit the country once Olympics is over.

Great opportunity for Projects, Project Managers and the country Project Management itself.
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Enter your comments related to project management comments try to avoid politics issues.
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5 replies by Darwin Leite, Fernando Martins Fernandes J Suppioni, Mathias F. de Carvalho, Ruan Almeida, and Thiago Lima
Jul 17, 2016 10:46 AM
Fernando Martins Fernandes J Suppioni
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I think this difficult time that Brazil is going through, does not inspire good fluids to a big event like the Olympics . However , we Brazilians , we must seize this moment to show the world that we can overcome the difficulties . This is my opinion !
Jul 18, 2016 3:42 PM
Darwin Leite
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Dear George,

I think yes, the Olympic Games are a set of challenging projects.

Recently, the mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro told to the press that the Olympics would be a opportunity lost, although this is his main responsibility. unfortunately it seems to be right. What I have seen and following by the press is a lot of projects ending out of time, with over cost (in some cases more than 50%), and low or poor final quality. In the hosting industry, the offer of accommodation, from all I know, will be lower than planned. Although when they announced that the Olympic Games would be in Rio de Janeiro, the same mayor announced that new hotel constructions would be issued. This didn't happened. In short, in terms of management, as the Mayor said, this event is a great opportunity lost, at least in terms of a chance to improve our project management practices. I would venture to point the main cause of all of this mass that's an excessive government involvement in all initiatives that, in my view, should be better handed by private initiative. The public management could not absorb the precepts of modern project management.

So that's what I see from Project Management point of view. I hope had been helpful and enlightening your questions. I'm at your disposal to answer any other questions if necessary.

All the best.
Jul 20, 2016 8:43 AM
Mathias F. de Carvalho
Jul 28, 2016 6:11 PM
Thiago Lima
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I live exactely in front of where the games will happen at Barra da Tijuca. The place has changed a lot and actually we have more options of transportation available. After the games will see if it works.
Aug 16, 2016 1:30 PM
Ruan Almeida
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Olympics in Brazil did not avoid the country enter in the deepest recession of the past 100 years. Unlike what happened in the World Cup, that left legacy to several brazilian cities (especially regarding infrastructure), in the Olympics only Rio de Janeiro city benefited. Even at my city (that hosted olympic soccer games), we saw no job opportunities (only volunteer jobs) and no benefits at all.
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The Olympics are a big thing to the city of Rio, not to Brazil as a whole, since the country has continental dimensions. To me, living in Belo Horizonte, about 600 kilometers away, it is almost as if the games were to be held in another country.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jul 14, 2016 8:40 AM
George Lewis
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Michalick - So, in general terms for Brazil, do you consider this a good opportunity for Project Managers?
Countrywise is it positive for the Project Management area?
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Currently, Brazil is experiencing a major economic and political crisis (one with reflection on the other), so there's a part of the population does not agree with the Olympic Games, understanding that there are other serious problems to be dealt with by the Brazilian Government.

However, the decision of the host city of the Olympic Games takes place several years before, and at that time Brazil was enjoying a much better time economically, and the choice was celebrated.

What many do not realize is that in this time of crisis, the Olympic Games have created, and will still keep for at least for one year more, thousands of jobs, including jobs for project managers.

In addition to the Olympic Games is transforming Rio de Janeiro. A number of development works and urban mobility were forced to be carried out to enable the Olympic Games happen in the city.

I am an enthusiast of major events like this, as they bring positive results, unfortunately, are not always perceived by all.

Moreover, we can not forget the principles of peace and unity among peoples, which are brought by Olympic Games.
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2 replies by George Lewis and Ricardo Sampaio
Jul 14, 2016 11:40 AM
George Lewis
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Adilson - Great words. There is always the positive aspects in every difficult situation.

Even though there are challenges, they are surely some good news for project managers. This is a huge event, opens up opportunity for huge projects.
Jul 18, 2016 8:30 AM
Ricardo Sampaio
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I cannot disagree anything.
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Jul 14, 2016 8:30 AM
Replying to Ivo M. Michalick Vasconcelos
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The Olympics are a big thing to the city of Rio, not to Brazil as a whole, since the country has continental dimensions. To me, living in Belo Horizonte, about 600 kilometers away, it is almost as if the games were to be held in another country.
Michalick - So, in general terms for Brazil, do you consider this a good opportunity for Project Managers?
Countrywise is it positive for the Project Management area?
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2 replies by Diego Nei de Brito Santos and Ivo M. Michalick Vasconcelos
Jul 14, 2016 8:50 AM
Ivo M. Michalick Vasconcelos
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Yes, it is definitely positive for Project Managers, but mostly in Rio, whichs is undergoing an economic crisis even worse than the rest of the country because of the crisis in the oil and gas sector. As for the PM profession area I believe/hope it will leave behing a rich pool of lessons learned and best practices. And of course to the city of Rio the change for good is very palpable, and the good thing is that it is spread all around the city instead of concentrade in one specific area.
Jul 15, 2016 8:12 AM
Diego Nei de Brito Santos
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Any event of such magnitude is a good *opportunity*. It has the potential for short and long term jobs, infrastructure improvements, tourism... What's is made of the opportunity and how well it is usually what gets the public opinion going haywire.

In short, what Ivo, Farhad and Adilson said.
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Jul 14, 2016 8:40 AM
Replying to George Lewis
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Michalick - So, in general terms for Brazil, do you consider this a good opportunity for Project Managers?
Countrywise is it positive for the Project Management area?
Yes, it is definitely positive for Project Managers, but mostly in Rio, whichs is undergoing an economic crisis even worse than the rest of the country because of the crisis in the oil and gas sector. As for the PM profession area I believe/hope it will leave behing a rich pool of lessons learned and best practices. And of course to the city of Rio the change for good is very palpable, and the good thing is that it is spread all around the city instead of concentrade in one specific area.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jul 14, 2016 11:42 AM
George Lewis
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Ivo - Thanks for your response...
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Well remembered by Ivo: There is a large set of lessons learned that are a legacy for future projects.
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Dear George,

According to literature and best practices, Olympic Games is considered a complex multi-stakeholder programme.
Ever since we applied to host the games I am following its consequences in our PM community as well as Brazilian economy. And more so, now that I am a volunteer for the games as International Olympics Family Assistant. I will serve probably the head of Iranian delegation based on my background.

On the positive upside effects, the games are responsible for lower unemployment rates as well as lower impact of the recession. The infrastructure legacy is huge and the benefits started to be realized by the population as the mobility assets and some stadia became available. Rio has been entirely transformed and the legacy will last for decades.

On the downside, the political and economic crises have reduced a part of the glamour and pride of hosting the games. Zica out burst and persistent criminality rates are a concern. The authorities did not solve the environmental issues.

but, overall I am confident that The Games will be a success, and already we have lots of project and risk management related lessons learned.
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2 replies by George Lewis and Josemar Viana
Jul 14, 2016 11:58 AM
George Lewis
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Farhad - Thanks for your detail explanation. It's always good to understand from experienced PM's. There is a lot in the media, but I'm sure Project Management has have multiple benefits.

Obrigrado Farhad.
Jul 19, 2016 8:14 AM
Josemar Viana
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There have been 26 Summer Olympics since the Modern Olympics in 1896. While there are similiarities in managing each one, it is understood that each event is sufficiently unique to be considered a project, even when it's in a location that previously held a Summer Olympic.

The political necessities would make it difficult to engage project team members that have previously worked on a Summer Olympics. However, the hope is that lessons learned are retained and disseminated by the Internation Olympic Committee. In fact, the IOC should be acting as the project management office.
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1 reply by Farhad Abdollahyan
Jul 14, 2016 10:42 AM
Farhad Abdollahyan
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Dear St'phane,

I do have evidence of the contrary of what you have mentioned: "The political necessities would make it difficult to engage project team members that have previously worked on a Summer Olympics.
I know dozens of professionals working in the Rio 2016 games who have served in two or more games before. Much of the ITC parts are repeatable (CAPGEMINI was involved in the last three games) and the volunteer programme is entirely repeated from one to the other.

In other words, much of programme, project and risk management frameworks apply.
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Jul 14, 2016 10:09 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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There have been 26 Summer Olympics since the Modern Olympics in 1896. While there are similiarities in managing each one, it is understood that each event is sufficiently unique to be considered a project, even when it's in a location that previously held a Summer Olympic.

The political necessities would make it difficult to engage project team members that have previously worked on a Summer Olympics. However, the hope is that lessons learned are retained and disseminated by the Internation Olympic Committee. In fact, the IOC should be acting as the project management office.
Dear St'phane,

I do have evidence of the contrary of what you have mentioned: "The political necessities would make it difficult to engage project team members that have previously worked on a Summer Olympics.
I know dozens of professionals working in the Rio 2016 games who have served in two or more games before. Much of the ITC parts are repeatable (CAPGEMINI was involved in the last three games) and the volunteer programme is entirely repeated from one to the other.

In other words, much of programme, project and risk management frameworks apply.
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Jul 14, 2016 11:03 AM
Stéphane Parent
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I am glad to hear that, Farhad. Of course, I suspect they form a small, yet important, subset of the overall team.
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It really is a great opportunity for Brazil, however at a time nothing appropriate. The country is going through a time of crisis in various aspects and a complex project like this requires not only a challenge because of the difficulty of communication, planning and risks, but to see that the olympic project has been more prioritized that education and health Brazil.
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2 replies by George Lewis and Walter Nalim
Jul 14, 2016 11:53 AM
George Lewis
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Walter - So you don't think this is a great opportunity for new local projects and project management related activities for Brazil?

I would think that a huge project as this always has something positive for us PM's
Jul 18, 2016 12:40 PM
Walter Nalim
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Hello George,

I believe this is a major opportunity for Brazil, certainly the Olympic Games bring great opportunity and despite everything happening in Brazil, often in the midst of crisis is appearing the best opportunities.

Thanks for the comments.
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