Project Management in “Spring”


By Almahdy Eltonsy

Cairo, Egypt

Spring used to mean a season of hope and shine.  What does Spring mean for a project manager when it is the “Arab Spring”?

Real unusual circumstances!

How to deal with change, and how to deal with what looks like “force majeur”?

When it comes with projects in hand with millions USD and with governmental bodies, you will keep ask the questions: Who will be in charge?  What could be the changes in the project? What about the cash flow and what about payments? Are we going to have problems if we have exported items? Are we going to have problems with expats?

All these questions and millions more just jump into your mind in addition to your personal perceptions, you can never ignore your own perceptions, at the end a project manager is a member of the project and human, so the perceptions cannot be ignored.

What to do? That was the conclusion of the series of questions, even the conclusion was a question.

At that point of time and as a project manager, I decided to use two concepts that I learned during my MBA study, they are: business dynamics and agile production.

But before it was a must to neutralise the situation with team members and to act based on the situation.  It was a real challenge to deal with ambiguity and in an environment that changes each minute; after no news for about 30 years there was a flood of news and changes.  It looked as though the 30 years of events were saved for this moment.

Healthcare industry and big projects with ministry of health and large scale hospital (private or university) were a real challenge.  At the beginning there were a lot of demonstrations, some strikes and a fluid situation, but for me these were not enough to stop working and stop delivering the projects.

Healthcare means the easiest tool to be used in any political argument either to finger point or to show achievements.

Facts not perceptions!


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About the Author                                                              

flag-egypt140214-pmwj20-eltonsy-IMAGE1 ELTONSYAlmahdy Eltonsy

Cairo, Egypt 

Almahdy Eltonsy, IPMA – B is a Senior Project Manager in the HealthCare industry, and the first healthcare PM granted the IPMA-B certification in Egypt. Starting with Siemens in 1993, Almahdy has extensive technical and managerial experiences, gaining the ability to work cross-functionally in a time-intensive environment.  One of the most important milestones in Almahdy’s project management career is Children’s Cancer Hospital in Egypt (57357) ( www.57357.com ), a 30 Million Euro Project. As a GPM for this strategic pivotal project, the scope was not only project management but also the service management, in addition to work with accreditation bodies.

In 2012 Almahdy moved to GE HealthCare to work as a product service manager for Surgery – X Ray – Intervention – Ultrasound – Life Care solutions, using his experience in leading the service team with project management methodology. Almahdy’s motive to change is to take a new challenge and exposure to new cultures and discipline, taking advantage of his technical and managerial skills and using the project management tool box in general management aspects.

In addition to his work in healthcare, Almahdy worked as an IT project developer with one of the largest media and advertising groups in Egypt.  Almahdy was able to realize a new methodology and software for Media planning and advertising campaign planning. Almahdy holds a B.Sc. in Systems and Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University – Faculty of Engineering, and passed many specialized courses in Siemens, GE and Microsoft.  Linkedin: Almahdy Eltonsy.  Email: [email protected]

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