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Why is it that my kite won’t fly?
The Power of Strategic Project Management
by Roberto Rodriguez Esteves

Project Management is, in many ways, like flying a kite. How do you design and construct it so that it’s lifted high and strong by the wind? What do you do when it gets snagged in a tree, lands on the roof of a house, or is tangled on electrical wire? How do you retrieve it while keeping it intact? Similar elements come into play when executing a project. Successful delivery may be affected by obstacles such as erroneous engineering, defective equipment, late arrival of materials, personnel turnover, among others. While prior planning does indeed help, it takes a skilled pilot to build, fly, rescue, and bring down the kite safely throughout the course of its journey, just like it takes a skilled Project Manager to successfully deliver his (her) project. Like flying a kite, effective project management requires technique, experience and skill to finish the project on good terms. With a combination of practical wisdom borne of decades of experience in international engineering and project management, Why Is It That My Kite Won’t Fly? offers a wealth of research and results-based suggestions for optimizing your approach to project management in a wide variety of sectors.

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Beginning his career as a structural maintenance engineer working for an airline in Venezuela, Roberto Rodriguez Esteves moved to Hawaii where he specialized in non-destructive testing. In 1991, he returned to Venezuela to join PDVSA and the oil and gas industry and has been working for the industry ever since. Positions held include that of construction engineer, project engineer, engineering manager, project manager, quality and HSE director, manager of capital projects, and entrepreneur. In thirty years of professional experience, he has contributed to developing strategies in several areas, including process improvement, project management, quality management, communications, change and risk management, leadership, and team-building. He has worked in developing and certifying Quality Management Systems and has performed audits to project teams and organizations. In recent years, he has turned his attention toward creating a software application for project management based on integrating quality and project management concepts. Mr. Rodriguez Esteves is a Professional Engineer of Alberta, a PMP, a Certified Principal Auditor, and a Project Management Consultant, who currently lives with his family in Calgary, Alberta, where they have lived since 2004.


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