Managing a construction project is a few months or years of execution phase but in event management, the planning can be a few months but the execution phase can be 2 hours or 2 days!Wedding is an example where many things will go wrong because the parents of the brides/bridegrooms are doing these events for the first time and so many activities are done by inexperienced vendors and family members.
Last Sunday 3rd Oct.,2010,I was a member of the team managing Putrajaya Inter-Parks Ride where more than 200 cyclists took part.Any things can go wrong during the event.One thing I was worried most is the accident or someone may get a heart attack.Most of us are volunteers and thank to Allah swt,the event went well without anyone get hurt,lost and fainted.
One thing I observed that the officers and marshals are quite experienced and dedicated lot!It is about caring for others that made it a successful event.This is not a competition-it was just a fun ride and I saw everyone was friendly to each other.
From PMI Body of Knowledge,one key area stood up in this event is RISK MANAGEMENT.The other one is COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT.I was very happy to see everyone back to the starting point with a big smile on their faces!
Note on photo: The lady manning the communication and command centre.The men were on the ground with the cycling tribe.