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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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Credibility (from the Architect’s Corner)

Matthew Barhdyt, AIA, LEED AP mbarhydt@adparchitects.com Principal, Acheson Doyle Partners Architects Talent is not enough. In an economy where opportunity still seems to be more of a promise than a reality, credibility can make the difference between winning or losing … Continue reading

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Business Relationships are Key

Architectural Insight…by Matthew Barhydt, AIA, LEED AP I recently received a phone call from a former colleague with whom I worked many years ago. I probably hadn’t seen him in at least 10 years but when I picked up the … 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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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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Construction Scheduling > Fundamentals

I cannot fathom any project type, contract methodology or client structure that would not want to have a monthly schedule submitted on a monthly basis. The following are basics that should be adhered to on all construction projects – 1. … Continue reading

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The Nature of Contracts > Lessons Learned at Polytechnic

Project Managers know that a thorough understanding of contracts and agreements is fundamental to project success.  We have heard the axiom that contracts are meant to be broken.  Well, that is a generality and is not always true.  However, we … 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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Questions to Ask When Interviewing Senior Project Managers / Program Managers

PROJECT MANAGEMENT 1. Specifically, what do you believe are the most critical responsibilities of a Project Manager? 2. What tools have you used to manage people, processes and projects? 3. Can you provide examples of when and how you used … Continue reading

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