Project Management Report from Belo Horizonte


A Year of Projects and Non-Projects

By Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto

International Correspondent

Minas Gerais, Brazil

2014 was for Brazil and Minas Gerais State a busy and eventful year, but do not let nostalgia.

It was the year of the FIFA World Cup and elections for president, senators, congressmen, governors and state legislators.

The World Cup has confirmed that the government Project Management in Brazil can`t achieve deadlines, costs, quality, and is not even able to do a good risk management. But, it is very good in communications (only positive agenda) and acquisitions with over pricing. Many of the projects planned to be working during the World Cup so far are not concluded yet. Only in Belo Horizonte can cite the BRT and the International Airport. In the other 11 host cities the situation is not much different.

Interestingly, some private projects such as new hotels also failed to achieve their goals, which shows that the problem is bigger than it looks.

Of course, the fact that the Brazilian national soccer team have missed the tournament, and in a shameful way, also contributed to a certain malaise, which will last for a long time. And the great defeat, it was precisely in Belo Horizonte, when Germany won in a terrible, crippling and historic 7-1.

The elections, held in a very low and very dirty level of debates, confirmed at the national level the Workers’ Party for four more years, which in the end will total at least 16 years of power. In Minas Gerais, the same Workers’ Party left 12 years of opposition back to win the Palace of Liberty. This combination (the same party governing Brazil and Minas Gerais) should favor the State. It is expected that the federal government will invest in Minas Gerais all it failed to do so in the last three opposition mandates.

Thus, it is expected that in Minas Gerais will occur many road, BRT, subway, sanitation, electricity, housing and environmental projects, boosting the state economy and creating opportunities for Project Managers and helping the dissemination and consolidation of Project Management as a way to obtain success and the best use of public money. However, such projects need to be much better managed than the World Cup ones.


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About the Author

Manuel-Carvalho-da-Silva-NetoManuel Carvalho da Silva Neto flag-brazil

Minas Gerais, Brazil 

Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto, MSc, Mech. Engineer and PMP is Fundação Dom Cabral Invited Professor and also Consultant. He is a seasoned professional with over 40 years of experience in Project Management, Process Management and Strategy. Manuel has managed or participated in more than three hundred huge projects across different fields including Steel, Mining, IT, Telecom, Food Processing, Government and Construction, to mention a few. He worked also in projects to implement PMO (Project Management Office) and Project Management Methodology. He has also strong skills in Leading People and Finance. He served as Minas Gerais State Undersecretary for Planning and Budget, from 2007 to 2008. Manuel can be contacted at [email protected].

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