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Project Management Report from São Paulo

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By Mauricio Lopes

International Correspondent

São Paulo, Brazil
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2014: a year that showed the importance of the project, program and portfolio management in Brazil

Arguably this was a unique year in terms of major events in Brazil. In 2014 we watched the realization of the World Cup, elections for President, Governors, Deputies and Senators, serious corruption problems in the largest Brazilian company, energy and water supply crisis in major cities of the country unprecedented and the preparation of facilities for the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

In all these and other great project management events, positively or negatively, permeated by all of them. This once again reiterates the need ever more present to take seriously the use of the best practices in project, program and portfolio management. In these five examples we could understand as the project management was important to achieve the project objectives, as well as its poor use generated unsatisfactory results.

  1. FIFA 2014 World Cup

This year was held in Brazil the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup. This is one of the biggest events in the world, which brought together 32 countries from all five continents. There were 3.6 billion people around the world who watched the games on TV. We cannot deny that the event was a resounding success by the quality of the games and also for their organization.

Importance of the project management

The great organization of the event during the period of the games between the months of June and July was a demonstration of the efficient use of good project management practices. The problems in the realization of 64 games at the 12 host cities were minimal, considering the distances and the characteristics of each region.

The same cannot be assigned to the project as a whole, when considering the construction and reform of the twelve sports arenas and urban mobility works necessary for the event. The construction costs to exceed the original budget and completion deadlines also exceeded the planned milestones, causing concern to members of FIFA.

Thus, if we look at the life cycle of the FIFA 2014 World Cup project only in the phase of the event, the project was a success. However, analyzing the entire project for all its phases, from conception, definitions and the construction of arenas until the games, FIFA World Cup project, mainly to Brazil was not as resounding success.

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About the Author

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São Paulo, Brazil

Maurício Lopes, PMP is a Project Management Specialist. He is a PMP certified in 2000. He is a civil engineer with MBA in Project Management. He was one of the founders of the São Paulo PMI Chapter and Financial Director, Administrative Director, member of the Steering Committee from 1998 to 2003. He was vice-coordinator of the Project Management Division of the Engineering Institute of São Paulo from 1998 to 1999. Since 2004 Maurício Lopes has been speaking in project management courses for CPLAN, FATEC, INPG, IETEC and FIA. He has 20 years of experience in project management with main focus in the engineering & construction area. Currently, he is associate director of M2L Project Management (www.M2L.com.br), a company specialized in project management consulting and implementation operating in over 40 large engineering & construction projects. Maurício Lopes is author of articles for Revista Grandes Construções, a magazine specialized in engineering & construction, and he has the main characteristics related to project management – lean, practical and systematic ways. Mauricio is an International Correspondent for PM World in Brazil. He can be contacted at mauricio.lopes@M2L.com.br.

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