Category Archives: Program Management

The Need for Ethics Training in Construction

Ethics is not a buzz word.  It cannot be treated as a flavor of the month.  Now, more than ever, we see a real need for ethical conduct in project teams and within project organizations.  I submit that construction firms … Continue reading

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Commercializing New Technologies > A Project Manager's Viewpoint

As project managers, we are on the front lines of new process developments and the deployment of new technologies.  We are tasked with managing in changing environments, and asked to stretch our skill sets to include an understanding of business imperatives in addition to leading people … Continue reading

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Project Cost Opportunities > A guide for Project Managers

1. Define test procedures. 2. Find specification ambiguities. 3. Verify delays especially during document review. Report review of submittals. 4. Determine or improve methods to increase user “lock-in”.  Suggest customizations, which would drive “lock-in”. Any features, which would increase switch- … Continue reading

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The Importance of a Project Champion

If you do not have a Project Champion, you are likely to fail. Find out who the Project Champion is before you start the project. You may have to recruit a Project Champion from management.  This is a person who … Continue reading

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Technical Risks

Technical risks include – Requirements and Performance Criteria / Clear or Ambiguous? Specifications / Robust or Boilerplate? Complexity of Interfaces Reliability Quality Metrics Safety Requirements / Safety Program Enforcement Security Intellectual Property Management

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Project Management Risks

Here are some management-related risks that need to be considered on projects… Strategy Organizational / Staffing / Turnover Agency Dispute Resolution / Conflict Management Client Relations Reputation Resources Communication Information Health Safety Environmental

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More Thoughts on Project Risk Management

The downside risk on projects is almost always more than the upside risk. Managing this risk is one the fundamentals of good project management practice. I have found that the more complex, large, constrained and mission-critical a project is, the … Continue reading

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Factors in the Selection of Project Managers

Selecting the right project manager is one of the most important decisions that will be made on any project.  There are no cookie-cutter templates that are available.  It really boils down to having the right person take the reigns so … Continue reading

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Change 101 for Project Managers

Change is the only constant both in nature and in project management. We are biologically structured to adapt to change and to deal with it. Good managers not only understand that change is inevitable, they expect it and are therefore, … Continue reading

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Root Causes of Project Failure

Projects fail because of issues related to poor management. Project failures are invariably the result of one or more of the following factors:  • An ill-defined business case. • Poor planning.  • Poor estimation.  • Absence of leadership. • Mismanaged … Continue reading

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