Category Archives: Project Governance & Reporting

Bidding & Estimating Insights for Heavy Construction Projects > Podcast 2 > Negotiation

This podcast is the second of a PLG series that focuses on bidding and estimating insights for heavy construction projects.  Shyam Bhatia answers our questions regarding negotiation, contracting strategy and purchasing methods for complex infrastructure projects.  Please click the MP3 file … Continue reading

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Cost Management Solutions (1)

There are two concepts which are central to change management and contracts management on projects: Cost Attribution and Cost Segregation.  These concepts relate to a systemic thinking of costs and promote a proactive approach to the treatment of costs including … Continue reading

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Common Cost Control Problems on Construction Projects

Here is a list of common cost control problems found on construction projects: Improper estimates, standards and budgeting techniques. Unrealistic budgets. Activities started or completed out of sequence. Inadequate WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) or insufficient WBS detail. Lack of management … Continue reading

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The “Silo” Effect in Large Project-Based Organizations

Delivering large and complex projects in accordance with contract requirements while meeting client expectations is difficult enough.  There is an added burden within large organizations that have not fully integrated project management into their fabric.  These organizations, particularly government agencies, … Continue reading

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The Role of The Owners Rep. Expands

http://newyork.construction.com/opinions/2011/0725-AsStaffsShrinktheRoleOftheOwnersRepGrows.asp With the Poor economy forcing owners to make tough decisions about layoffs and budget cuts, one position they should not consider eliminating is the owner’s representative. That is because this job has become a vital tool in helping the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Alignment in Project Management

Alignment of interests is a key trait of successful projects.  Alignment is required at several levels.  The objectives and actions of project teams must be aligned with those of the organization.  Similarly, project teams must be aligned with clients.  Proper … Continue reading

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The Importance of Gate Reviews in Design and Pre-Construction

Gate reviews are essential to well-managed planning and pre-construction phases of a construction project.  The concept is simple in its execution and elegant in its simplicity.  I caution industry professionals that simplicity does not mean that they should let their … Continue reading

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Contracts Negotiation

The best lesson I learned about negotiation was a simple one.   Contracts negotiation involves a lot of work.  It is all about the willingness and ability of the team to prepare, document, analyze and demonstrate its case.  It is not glamorous and it … Continue reading

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Aligning Information Technology and Business Processes on Projects

The following is from a paper written by Jerry N. Luftman – “Alignment in the Sand” Project success requires alignment between information technology and business processes. The 12 factors involved in aligning technology and business are: – Business scope – … Continue reading

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Manage Large Project Teams Like Small Project Teams

From Michael A. Cusamano’s “How to Make Large Teams Work Like Small Teams” – Simplify the schedule and work out the interdependencies. – Stabilize the design via frequent synchronization. – Use iteration and concurrent engineering.  Projects should iterate and concurrently … Continue reading

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