Project Management Report from Belo Horizonte


By Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto

International Correspondent

Minas Gerais, Brazil

A Project Management Symposium in Texas

The UT-Dallas promoted, on 14 and 15 August, the 8th Annual Project Management Symposium. In the period, 43 lectures and 3 Panel discussions were held. More than 400 people, including executives, professionals, academics and students were present.

To the author of this note, it was a very good opportunity to exchange experiences, meet people, discuss ideas, discover new insights, review concepts and realize where will go the theory and practice of Project Management.

Again we saw the close relationship between strategy and projects, the importance and the complexity of managing the project team (people is leading projects), communication problems, issues of innovation, change management, the advantages of growth in maturity, the Earned Schedule Technique and many other meaningful and significant contributions.

The already airy atmosphere of a university seems to be optimal for this type of Symposium. The friendliness of Texans, the Dallas sun and the architecture full of glass and clarity of the excellent facilities of the Naveen Jindal School of Management facilitate the exchange of ideas and discussions and to whet interest in the various developments that Project Management have and envision many others yet to come.

Next year, the 9th Symposium is scheduled for August 13 and 14. Schedule it.

Project Managers Liability and a Viaduct Collapse

On the afternoon of July 3, 2014, an overpass under construction collapsed in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, killing two people. The viaduct was in the final stages of construction and is on a very busy road, which is also the best way to connect the Confins International Airport and the Stadium where some games of the FIFA World Cup were being conducted.


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About the Author 

Manuel-Carvalho-da-Silva-NetoManuel Carvalho da Silva Netoflag-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 39 years of experience in Project Management, Process Management and Strategy. Manuel has managed or participated in more than a hundred projects across different fields including Steel, Mining, IT, Telecom, Food Processing, Government and Construction to mention a few. He worked also in projects of PMO (Project Management Office) and Methodology of Project Management. 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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