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Ricardo Vargas gives great insights about managing a career in Project Management. He addresses the perspectives from those who are in the beginnings, going through a transition and for those seeking ...

Ricardo Vargas gives great insights about managing a career in Project Management. He addresses the perspectives from those who are in the beginnings, going through a transition and for those seeking to expand their horizons.

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Understanding Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies to Build Your Career in Project Management Understanding Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies to Build Your Career in Project Management Presentation Transcript

  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas Understanding  Opportuni0es,   Challenges  and  Strategies  to  Build   Your  Career  in  Project  Management   Ricardo  Viana  Vargas   ricardo@ricardo-­‐vargas.com   www.ricardo-­‐vargas.com   @rvvargas  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas Ricardo  Viana  Vargas   Ricardo   Viana   Vargas   is   a   project,   por8olio   and   risk   management   specialist.  During  the  past  15  years,  he  has  been  responsible  for  over   80  major  projects  in  various  countries.     He  was  the  first  LaHn  American  volunteer  to  be  elected  Chairman  of   the  Board  for  the  Project  Management  InsHtute.  He  is  currently  the   director   of   the   Project   Management   PracHce   Group   at   UNOPS   and   lives  in  Copenhagen,  Denmark.     CoordinaHng  more  than  300  project  managers,  his  work  is  focused  on   improving   the   management   of   humanitarian,   peace-­‐building   and   infrastructure   development   projects   in   dozens   of   countries,   such   as   HaiH,  Afghanistan,  Iraq  and  South  Sudan.  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas WHERE  DO  I  FIT  IN?  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas 10  DIMENSIONS  OF  CAREER   p r o j e t c s  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas 10  DIMENSIONS  OF  CAREER   p r o j e t c s    lanning   f    cus   d       n a m i s m   per    istence   self  knowledg   ela0oship     ad  ustability   ethi    s   s    udy   e x p     r i e n c e  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas EXPERIENCE  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas EXPERIENCE   § Competence  comes  from  experience   § PMP  is  not  experience,  is  a   cerHficaHon!   § PracHce  improves  results   § Seek  challenges   § Learn  from  mistakes.  Fast!   § Show  in  your  life  what  you  preach  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas EXPERIENCE   BEGINNING   CAREER   TRANSITION   EXPANDING   HORIZONS   §  Forget  about  money  and  go  for  the   opportunity     §  Become  a  volunteer! §  Solidify  the  experience  you  already  have     §  Adapt  your  story  and  experience  to  every   market  opportunity §  Make  strategic  changes.  Losing  in  the   short  term  doesn’t  always  mean  to  lose     §  Seek  NEW  experiences  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas STUDY  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas STUDY   § Be  obsessive  about  study   § Ignorance  is  not  a  virtue   § Think  "outside  the  box”   § Do  not  study  what  you  already  know  ...
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas STUDY   BEGINNING   CAREER   TRANSITION   EXPANDING   HORIZONS   §  Learn  the  basics.  Understand  what  a   project  is  and  what  it  is  not   §  PMP,  PRINCE2,  courses  abroad     §  Learn  another  language,  mainly  English §  Recycle  your  knowledge   §  New  subjects,  credenHals,  schools   §  MOOC1:  www.coursera.org §  New  subjects  (Coursera  and  others)   §  Go  beyond  the  ‘tradiHonal’  areas   §  Seek  new  cerHficaHons  (CIPS,  CCP,  etc.) 1Wikipedia:  Massive  open  online  course  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas FOCUS  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas FOCUS   § Have  a  goal  and  know  what  it  is   § Increasingly  solidify  your  principles   § No  one  can  be  brilliant  at  everything   § We  live  in  a  world  infinitely  dispersed  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas FOCUS   BEGINNING   CAREER   TRANSITION   EXPANDING   HORIZONS   §  Seek  to  study  and  learn     §  Build  your  résumé     §  Success  is  built  brick  by  brick   §  Demonstrate  what  you  know   §  Focus  on  new  posiHonings   §  Don’t  hit  on  everything  that  walks   §  Seek  to  fulfill  your  desires   §  Focus  on  having  conHngency  plans     §  Focus  on  some  related  strategies
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas PLANNING  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas PLANNING   § Do  not  wish  to  work  in  projects  if  you   can’t  plan  your  own  steps   § Use  project  management  for  your  own   career  planning   § Do  you  plan  your  acHons  for  the  next   year   § I  do  ...  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas PLANNING   BEGINNING   CAREER   TRANSITION   EXPANDING   HORIZONS   §  Plan  your  next  steps     §  Develop  an  objecHve  and  professional   jusHficaHon §  Plan  all  your  immediate  acHons     §  Find  and  build  relaHonships  and   dependencies     §  Assess  the  risks §  Plan  for  the  next  5  years   §  Evaluate  all  possible  paths   §  Use  project  management  as  an  example   to  apply  the  concepts
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas PERSISTENCE  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas PERSISTENCE   § Tirelessly  carve  out  the  results,  be   results-­‐oriented   § Be  determined   § Create  challenging  targets  and  do  your   best  to  deliver  them   § Schedule  your  PMP  exam  and  start   studying  ...
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas PERSISTENCE   BEGINNING   CAREER   TRANSITION   EXPANDING   HORIZONS   §  Do  not  think  it  will  work  in  the  first  Hme     §  Remember  the  concept  of  "entropy"  that   you  learned  at  school §  Do  not  let  fear  take  over   §  The  market  will  try  to  devalue  you,  do  not   let  it  succeed  ... §  Do  not  let  the  current  frustraHon     influence  the  future     §  Create  or  search  for  new  opHons.  They  will   not  magically  appear  at  your  doorstep
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas DYNAMISM  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas DYNAMISM   § “A  nimble  sixpence  is  beher  than  a   slow  shilling”  -­‐  Proverb   § Agility  shows  energy,  interest,  ability   and  moHvaHon     § Do  not  expect  things  to  happen     § Make  things  happen  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas DYNAMISM   BEGINNING   CAREER   TRANSITION   EXPANDING   HORIZONS   §  Become  a  volunteer  (to  anything)   §  Show  interest §  Choose  visible  posiHons   §  Promise  and  deliver   §  Be  a  leadman  not  a  supporHng  role   §  Choose  which  may  add  up   §  Assume  responsibiliHes  that  others  refuse     §  Seek  not  to  perpetuate  the  same  thing
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas ADJUSTABILITY  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas ADJUSTABILITY   § Develop  your  ability  to  adapt  to   different  and  unexpected  condiHons   § Do  not  expect  "Standard  CondiHons  of   Temperature  and  Pressure"  (STP)     § Think  globally.  Your  country  is  not  the   world  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas ADJUSTABILITY   BEGINNING   CAREER   TRANSITION   EXPANDING   HORIZONS   §  Move  out  of  your  parents  house  J   §  Do  not  expect  to  find  a  job  as  you  saw  at   school.  It  doesn't  exist  ...   §  Be  flexible  to  new  forms  of  hiring   §  Be  careful  not  to  become  a  consultant   without  an  edge   §  New  markets   §  Think  about  different  projects,  related   areas  (not  necessarily  opposing)    
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas SELF  KNOWLEDGE  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas SELF  KNOWLEDGE   § Do  you  know  your  weaknesses?   § Competence  is  knowing  where  you  are   going  to  and  why  you're  going  there   § Have  you  developed  your  personal   vision?   § I  have  ...  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas SELF  KNOWLEDGE   BEGINNING   CAREER   TRANSITION   EXPANDING   HORIZONS   §  Know  your  weaknesses     §  Listen  to  friends  and  colleagues  to  know   yourself  beher §  Work  your  weaknesses     §  Seek  external  support     §  Do  not  try  to  hide  weaknesses
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas ETHICS  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas ETHICS   § Ethics  does  not  always  produce  results   in  the  short  term     § ReputaHon  –  Give  your  life  to  defend  it   (read  the  book  ‘48  Laws  of  Power’)     § InsHtute  for  Global  Ethics  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas ETHICS   BEGINNING   CAREER   TRANSITION   EXPANDING   HORIZONS   §  You  are  not  in  a  game  where  anything   goes   §  Small  concessions  can  have  a  great   impact  on  your  future  public  image   §  Never  let  go  of  your  principles     §  Promote  ethics  in  acHons  and  not  just  in   speech   §  Use  ethics  as  a  differenHal,  as  you  do  with   your  cerHficaHon  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas RELATIONSHIP  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas RELATIONSHIP   § IsolaHon  is  dangerous   § It  is  criHcal  to  understand  and  accept   different  cultures  and  points  of  view   § Compromising  means  to  relate,  not  to   become  submissive   § Networking  is  key   § Social  networking  is  growing  exponenHally.   Do  not  stay  out  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas RELACIONAMENTO   BEGINNING   CAREER   TRANSITION   EXPANDING   HORIZONS   §  Make  your  profile  on  Linkedin.  A  DECENT   one   §  Join  relevant  social  networks   §  Watch  your  exposure  on  networks §  Join  relevant  social  networks   §  Networking  is  everything   §  Have  your  business  card  handy §  Select  new  networks  and  new  ways  of   social  relaHonships   §  Be  curious  about  new  subjects  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas FINAL  MESSAGE  
  • Título do Slide Máximo de 2 linhas Ricardo  Viana  Vargas   ricardo@ricardo-­‐vargas.com   www.ricardo-­‐vargas.com   @rvvargas   38