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Getting It Done: Project Management in Action by Project Management Institute

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Olympic-Sized Effort

Lessons learned from working on the 2016 games.

Adriano Mota, PMP

When I joined the organizing committee for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I quickly learned that my 10 years’ experience managing technology-related projects would only help me so far.

All projects are unique, but planning the summer Olympics might be in a category by itself. Over two weeks in August 2016, 10,500 athletes will compete in 300 events at 33 venues around Rio. Roughly 7.5 million tickets will be sold, and 60,000 volunteers need to be organized. Technology deliverables include mobile, fixed, Internet and cable communications at the competition venues, media centers and athlete accommodations. In addition, the final delivery date ...

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