Integrated Schedule, a Must Have in Program Management

Program management is the process of managing several related projects typically to enhance an organization’s outlook, better its industry reputation, to improve overall productivity and to avail of long-term opportunities. I would like to re-share with you today one of the approaches I’ve formulated and used in achieving Program Schedule Integration in the not too distant past.

Management of interdependent multiple projects calls for an integrated approach. Interdependent in a sense that some activities of one project cannot start or finish without the predecessor project activities from another project or supporting group started or completed. For small to medium size program portfolio, effectively managing the overall and overarching schedule can still be quite challenging for Project Managers.

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Book cover design for new book

I have always wanted to write about risk-based management principles in a poetic form. The uncanny characteristic of a poem to send information with amazing clarity catches our senses so that we suddenly become more receptive. We listen more and even unconsciously let down our guard. Our biases disappear to consider the intended message.

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Christmas Day Reflection : “It’s about God, Families and Friends.”

It is my prayer that many of you will be spending some great time with your respective close families and friends. In all the upcoming festive gatherings, make sure you don’t forget the grandparents who started you all! They are very much a part of each family unit that came to be. They’d be thrilled with even just a call from their kids and of course, from their loveable, innocent and amazing grandchildren.

Enjoy a few days with the people you truly care about. Share traditional foods, common table, good-natured jokes, lessons learned, unforgettable experiences, plenty of hugs, heart-felt embraces full of affections, forgiveness, and love.

The absence of family makes one sad, most especially during Christmas holiday. It is a difficult situation where a good friend can be a life-saver. Here’s wishing everyone in need on such an occasion to find a pair of helping hands, a just, good friend for this holy season.

God bless us all!

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Remembrance Day Reflection : “Fear is a Reaction. Courage is a Decision”

Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Fear is a Reaction. Courage is a Decision.”

Such a statement makes me appreciate more of our fallen heroes. The awesome pride and inspiration they brought to those who survived strengthened the resolve of all freedom-loving people of the world. Quite clearly, nations remembering their fight to preserve liberty for future generations make all emotionally happy. We are all fortunate recipients of their ultimate sacrifice. God bless their souls!

In today’s modern world, courage has taken a variety of forms in pursuit of certain subterfuge goals. Sadly, unbeknownst to many, they’re being led as sheeps to a slaughter. As a reflection, let us all be vigilant! We need to open our eyes, ears, and mind before making any life-changing decision, especially something that might adversely affect our nation and the world. Make it doubly sure that we are after something real, based on truths and goodness.

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Happy 4th of July 2019 to all our American Family, Friends and Colleagues!

Let no one ever forget…

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Happy Canada Day to all Freedom-loving people out there!

Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867, the effective date of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.[1][2] Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.[3] Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country, as well as in various locations around the world, attended by Canadians living abroad.[4]

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PM Solution Pro travel log : BSU aiming to be one of the leading Universities in the Philippines and Asia

Rufran’s recent trip to the Philippines brought him back to his alma mater, Batangas State University (BSU). It’s been almost twenty years since he last set foot in the University Main Campus.

His purpose was to see the University and Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo. It was a privilege to be given the chance to talk with him considering that whole week was extremely busy with graduation rites he needed to attend to.

It was a “short-notice request” for an appointment made through Dr. Jessie Montalbo, Vice President for Administration and External Affairs, the final arrangement of which was subsequently coursed through the University Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs and concurrent University Librarian Dr. Agnes D. Arellano.

He walked through the concrete roads, walkways, stairs and corridors leading to the Office of the President with pride and yearning in his every step. The place was vastly improved with new buildings, modern infrastructures, state-of-the art facilities, and a well-balanced façade more pleasing to the eyes. The amazing growth BSU has undergone through the years was truly a sight to behold. The President proudly intimated during our discussion one of his favourite philosophies, “To appreciate the content, one has to develop a good container.”

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Happy Father’s Day 2019 to all Dads out there!

The greatest gift a father can give to his children is to love and respect their mother (Hesburgh, T., 1917-2015). The greatest gift a married wife can give to the father of her children is loyalty and being true to her vows. The best way to honour a good father is through respect and obedience.
This Father’s Day, Don’t forget to honour them! Cheers to all loving Father! May your number grows and your influence multiplies!

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Book-signing Promo Event, at Dana Point, CA a success!

My apprehension that the small group who attended that evening might not show any interest on the subject was unfounded. The ensuing discussions were lively and fruitful. There was excitement in the air, gasps of discovery in each turn, and a promise from the audience to read and promote my work. This small, simple book-signing event was fun and successful. This was first this year since my last book-signing at Indigo Hills, Calgary two years ago.

Topic of the evening: We are all risk managers! Risk management is the only thing we do for a living, the very reason why our company or client pays us, the reason why we go to work every day. We manage risk even as we prepare to go to sleep, to increase probability that we wake up the next day healthy and refreshed. The amazing thing is, we don’t even realize it!

In this sense, we are all risk managers as we support our very existence. We survive each daily rigors because we are already unconsciously competent of what we do through years of experience and training.

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