Project Management Report from São Paulo


By Mauricio Lopes

International Correspondent

São Paulo, Brazil

Germany: An example for obtaining the program objectives

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has reserved unforgettable moments in sports and also in relations between people from different places of the world. Brazil lived for 30 days the environment of a World Cup and so the people watched, amazed by it all. It is a unique event and only happens each four years.

However, one of the great lessons from this gigantic event was the acclaim of a country with the title of the best football in the world. We are talking of Germany, the great and legitimate champion team. We could summarize this performance with just one word: planning.

To understand the whole history of this achievement, we come back to 2000 when the German team was eliminated early and in vexatious manner of Euro Cup. From this defeat has been deployed a total revolution in German football with the goal again to become the football protagonist in the world. In fact, a large program was developed consisting of several projects such as youth development, investments in infrastructure and the training of professionals.

The trajectory of the German team has been positive over the last few years. In 2002 it was second in the World Cup held in Japan and South Korea. Playing at home in 2006 German team was third place and in 2010 in South Africa repeated third place. The period of the World Cup in Germany in 2006 further boosted his national league, called Bundesliga, which now has the highest average attendance worldwide with 42.000 people per match. This was also important for the consolidation of this new phase of German football.


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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 [email protected].

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