Project Management Report from São Paulo


By Mauricio Lopes

International Correspondent

São Paulo, Brazil

2014 FIFA World Cup: Difficulty understanding of the stakeholders

Nowadays the stakeholders management in complex programs or projects is one of the most important knowledge areas around the world and it would not be different in a large program as World Cup.

At the end of March will be 73 days from the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. We are watching concerned about the development of the various projects that are part of the program “World Cup”. One special project is Arena São Paulo (or most commonly called Itaquerao), where the opening of the world cup will be held.

Many problems have occurred for the delivery of the arena to be fully able to meet the quality standards established by FIFA. Some of them could not be discussed in the current phase, but in the early phases, such as the feasibility phase.

We could simply list the phases of the life cycle of this project as follow: feasibility, initial definitions, designs, procurement, construction, FIFA temporary structures, test events and the matches. The question to be discussed is many of problems are happening, because there is no clarity on the key stakeholders involved roles.

The understanding of the key stakeholder roles should be defined in details during the feasibility and initial definitions phases in the project life cycle. As an example we can mention the responsibility for the payment of FIFA temporary structures at the time that the IT facilities should be ready for testing events, was defined a few days ago to determine who will pay for it. That uncertainty has delayed the IT facilities, and according to FIFA schedule, to perform the services takes 90 days.

We have a problem, if it is not the schedule, it certainly is a quality problem.


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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.