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IMHO, Ajam Thoughts, is project management for engineering only? مع تسجيل عربي

In this video, we discuss the common misconception, at least in some regions or countries, that project management is limited for engineers or engineering/construction projects.

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هل ادارة المشاريع للمهندسين فقط؟
هل ادارة المشاريع للمشاريع الهندسية والانشائية فقط؟
او ممكن ان نقول ان ادارة المشاريع هي لكل الامور الحياتية والمهنية؟

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Should you bring your team along or leave them behind?

Sorry changed the title after the initial release

This post is a personal story, which is a lesson I learned in 1999. and I remember it every time I am working with a team, especially in a volunteer environment. I have included this story in one of my books and possibly also posted about here on this blog, but I am going through the same experience again, so it is worth repeating.

I remember it every time I am working with a team, especially in a volunteer environment. I have included this story in one of my books and possibly also posted about it here on this blog, but I am going through the same experience again, so it is worth repeating.

The story is about patience, decision-making, procrastination, and volunteer work. Basically, how to bring your team along, when a decision is made? Or should you leave them behind?

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How to discover your genius?

This post is somewhat related to the previous two posts.

Please note – discovering your genius is not about reaching a genius level. Some are judging the article without reading. It is about being the best that you could be whether you have average or high intelligence!

As I work with professionals and youth, some often ask me for advice about careers. I am not a career counselor but in project management, I have enough experience to say something that could be of value.

What is my advice (one of a few) regarding a career in general? Read the background first but if not patient jump to the end :). Continue reading

Can project management be considered a passion or knowledge area?

A couple of days ago, I posted a message on Facebook and later via this blog site on conflicting emotions related to project management.

On Facebook, a friend and ex-intern wrote the following response to my post:  Continue reading

Overview of Project Management in Engineering & Construction

This blog post is a presentation that the author delivered to the Lebanese American University (LAU) Engineering Student on 26 February. The post is from slide share and is only slides. Later on, we will work to add voice recording to it.

To access the presentation, click here.

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Is the Project Manager the jack-of-all-trades?

Did some of the project management associations and organizations screw up the role of the project manager?

Are they (or some of them) making the role of the project manager as the jack-of-all-trades and the master of none?

Or, are some of these organizations confused about the role of the project manager and cannot make up their mind of what this role is about. Continue reading

Career UnCovered: Mounir Ajam, CEO of SUKAD

In this post, we decided to share an interview that Bayt.com (“The Middle East’s #1 Job Site) conducted with our CEO, Mr. Mounir Ajam, as part of their Employer and Careers Insights. The interview is from November 2009. We include here without editing! Continue reading

The accidental project manager – challenge to executives

We are re-publishing this from a year ago (or more).

Background

This article is a follow-up on two prior posts that we published recently. It is also in response to various online exchanges on the topic of Accidental Project Manager. The previous articles were:

Read this Article in Arabic

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Are you an accidental project manager? My wife is

If you read our last article and you are reading this article now good news and welcome back to a fun article. We are re-publishing this from a year ago (or more).

Read this Article in ArabicIn the last article we talked about the accidental project manager and we explained that the term is not offensive at all; if it was offensive, my project manager would have fired me a long time ago (imagine a funny face). She actually edited and approved this article after a lecture on my house duties with one task at a time (you will understand when you finish reading). Continue reading

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Are you an accidental project manager?

Originally published in September 2013, updated November 2013.

Are you an accidental project manager?

I hope that no one get offended by this term since the use of this term in our view is not offensive at all, rather it reflects a common reality. It is for those non-project managers who are asked and expected to manage projects.

Read this Article in ArabicHowever, if anyone object to the term, we truly apologize in advance and humbly ask you to read on and you might find out that our intentions are good. Continue reading