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5 Minutes Podcast with Ricardo Vargas

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Since 2007, Ricardo Vargas publishes the 5 Minutes Podcast where he addresses in a quick and practical way the main topics on project, portfolio and risk management.

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Since 2007, Ricardo Vargas publishes the 5 Minutes Podcast where he addresses in a quick and practical way the main topics on project, portfolio and risk management.

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22 Ratings
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Senior Project Manager

By annevins - Dec 06 2017
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Very thorough advice in 5 minutes

This is a great PM podcast!

By Fan 9876 - May 18 2015
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I listen to this podcast often as I am a student studying project management and love it.

iTunes Ratings

22 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
0
3
1
2

Senior Project Manager

By annevins - Dec 06 2017
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Very thorough advice in 5 minutes

This is a great PM podcast!

By Fan 9876 - May 18 2015
Read more
I listen to this podcast often as I am a student studying project management and love it.
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5 Minutes Podcast with Ricardo Vargas

Latest release on Oct 19, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: CAPM Certification Part 1 of 2

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In this first podcast of the series, Ricardo talks about the importance of CAPM certification (Certified Associate in Project Management) and for whom it is directed. He explains that this certification is intended to complement the skills of the project team, but can help sponsors better understand the universe of projects. Ricardo also talks of the main functions of the professional certified in CAPM.

Nov 08 2010

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Rank #2: The Power of Positive Feedback

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In this podcast Ricardo talks about the strength of a positive feedback. He says that we have  a culture of giving negative feedback and that we usually do not remember to praise when a good work is done. Ricardo explains that just an email or a comment about the good work  is usually enough to motivate anybody, thus leading her/him to make less mistakes in the execution of his/her work. He also explains that a positive feedback must always be honest.

Sep 26 2011

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Rank #3: The relationship between the client, project management and contractors

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In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the importance of good relations between those who purchase the project, who manages and third parties involved in the project. He explains that the trust and respect must be made since early project, so that each party knows their role and their responsibilities.

Mar 15 2010

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Rank #4: 7 Principles of Stakeholder Engagement

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In this episode, Ricardo talks about seven principles of stakeholder engagement that will help you better understand the dynamics of that relationship and how to conduct more easily your project to success.

Jul 20 2015

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Rank #5: How to Convince without Power?

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In this episode, Ricardo commented on the types of power and how each one of them can be used in our professional and personal relationships.

Jan 26 2016

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Rank #6: What is Possible to Learn in Risk Management from the Tragedy in Japan

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In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the earthquake and tsunami occurred in Japan with regards to project risk management. He explains that any given risk has a probability greater than zero and less than 100%. Ricardo mentions that this earthquake was  above any risk evaluation that had been established so far, and cites the atomic power plant in Fukushima as an example, which had very high and strong walls but have been nonetheless destroyed by the tsunami.

Mar 22 2011

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Rank #7: The Strategic Execution Framework (SEF)

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In this episode, Ricardo comments on the Strategic Execution Framework® (SEF) directly from Stanford University. He highlights the simplicity and clarity of this framework created by IPS Learning and the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). Get to know more about the SEF at http://ipslearning.us/content/strategic-execution-framework

Mar 25 2015

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Rank #8: Lines of Balance - Part 1 of 2

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In this podcast, Ricardo begins to explain what Line of Balance are and how can they be used. He gives an example of how to plan repetitive tasks in order to achieve optimal resources allocation and also know how the project's speed and progress evolve. Next week, he will bring an example related to elections.

Jan 06 2014

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Rank #9: PMI Career Framework

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In this podcast, Ricardo talks about PMI Career Framework, which is an initiative to provide organizations and professionals with the necessary support for job descriptions in project, program and portfolio management, at no cost. He explains that this PMI service has mapped the professional positions and corresponding skills related to project, program and portfolio management by taking advantage of a research that was conducted with over 5,000 professionals from around the world.

Sep 01 2010

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Rank #10: FIDIC Contracts: Scope, Risks and Procurement Processes

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In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the types of contracts of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). These contracts are widely used in engineering projects and published as books. Ricardo explains that the contracts are well prepared, bringing best practices that can be applied to various types of projects. Visit the site of the federation at http://fidic.org/

Jun 23 2014

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Rank #11: When is the best time to do the Project Kick off Meeting?

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In this podcast Ricardo talks about the time that the project kick off meeting should be performed. He explains that as the size of the project, the kick off meeting does not necessarily have to be just one but many. Ricardo shows that we can have a kick off meeting early in the project where the WBS is still wider, and we can have another kick off meeting once the plan is ready.

Nov 28 2011

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Rank #12: Software Development Projects: Are There Too Many Tribal Chiefs to Few Indians?

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In this podcast, Ricardo comments an article that criticizes the current model of project management in software development companies. The article says that several companies are allocating more project managers than developers in their teams, generating lack of effectiveness among other problems.

Link for the cited article (Brazilian Portuguese): http://rvarg.as/5l

Mar 18 2013

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Rank #13: Managing Expectations

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In this podcast, Ricardo talks about managing stakeholders' expectations. What is the importance of properly managing expectations? What is the relationship of them with the project's scope and risk management?

Dec 17 2012

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Rank #14: Understanding the Rolling Wave Planning

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In this podcast, Ricardo talks about the concept of Rolling Wave Planning, which deals with the progressive elaboration of the project scope. He presents the pros and cons of this technique, giving answers to questions such as: "How do I get the detail work that will happen in the 2nd week of the 14th month in my project?"

Jul 15 2013

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Rank #15: Trying to Understand the Tragedy of Sandy Hurricane

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In this podcast, Ricardo discusses the effects of Hurricane Sandy, that caused tremendous destruction on the east coast of the United States, from the point of view of Risk Management.

Oct 29 2012

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Rank #16: LogFrame – A logical framework

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In this episode, Ricardo talks about the Logical Framework (LogFrame), interesting tool created by USAID, a United States government agency focused on humanitarian projects. More at https://usaidlearninglab.org/learning-guide/logical-framework

Jan 19 2016

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Rank #17: Regardless of Everything: Self-Esteem and Self-Respect Determine your Success

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About a year ago, Ricardo was approached by a young project manager whose appearance did not reveal his age. Physically he seemed much younger than his real age (28 years). A few days later he received an email from this young man talking about the challenges he had for appearing so young. A year later Ricardo decided to record this episode to respond to the email and also to reflect the importance of self-esteem and self-respect in a world that is now dominated by bullying.

Aug 21 2018

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Rank #18: Identifying the Project Vital Signs

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In this podcast, Ricardo makes a comparison between monitoring of the project and monitoring of a patient in an Intensive Care at the hospital. He explains that the Project Manager should monitor since the beginning, the project vital signs and based on these signals, identify deviations and take preventive actions for the project remains viable.

Jun 20 2011

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Rank #19: What is Program Management?

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In this podcast, Ricardo talks about program management. He explains that the main objective of the program management it to group projects to obtain a benefit that would not be possible if treated singly. Ricardo also talks that the projects contained in a program have the same interest tactical, operational, and the same synergy.

Apr 23 2012

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Rank #20: 3+1 Tips to Prepare yourself for 2018

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Ricardo starts 2018 sharing some tips on how to prepare yourself for the year that is coming. He approaches the need to stay tuned with the technology advancements, as also the attitude and behavior related to the decision making, the amplification of your knowledge base, and finally, the management of our fears when facing the unknown.

Jan 02 2018

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