Category Archives: Project Management

Challenge the Team

One the most important jobs of the project leader is to challenge the team and stretch people out.   Good people have lots of untapped potential.  You can’t find that untapped potential if you keep the team in the sand box.  … Continue reading

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Processes and Interfaces

A business is largely a collection of integrated processes.  This applies to projects as well. Integrated processes have interfaces and these interfaces are dynamic and complex.   Interfaces are the points at which risks are significant; the management of interfaces is an important function … Continue reading

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Change Management and Control

Establish the criteria for flagging, reporting and tracking change with your client.  These same criteria should flow down into the contract documents with contractors and vendors.     Communicate change.     Document change. Use feedback from the field to improve technical … Continue reading

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Implementing New Software Tools in Project Management > A Brief Primer

Risks that must be considered in implementing new software tools – –            Not providing sufficient training. –            Not initiating use of the I.T. soon enough. –            Not understanding the bandwidth required to use the program effectively. –            Not establishing one … Continue reading

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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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Construction Estimating

  Like many people in the construction industry, I am confounded by the uncertainty (and occasional mystery) surrounding bidding and estimating.   Why is estimating so difficult?  How can we make it easier?  Why is estimating not a more exact science? … 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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