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The Four Cs of Good Project Management Practice

So many theories on project management, so little time.  How do we distill all of the advice, ideas and principles into an elegant summary?  In the real world, we know that there are no packaged solutions for complex problems.  There … Continue reading

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Construction Consulting > My View

Over the past ten years, I have gained much insight into the construction consulting industry.   I’ve learned that big, blue chip clients have become increasingly dissatisfied with the level of service being provided by large advisory firms.   The major causes of that dissatisfaction … Continue reading

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Ending the Politics Of Infrastructure…by Benjamin Cheatham

The country’s vast network of highways, airports and seaports historically has been a primary source of competitive advantage, but today our vital infrastructure is like a 1976 Chevy—physically and financially outdated. While other countries are exploring new approaches, America’s infrastructure … Continue reading

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Information Management > Project Management Challenge or Opportunity?

Contractors and construction professionals are increasingly realizing that their success depends on their organization’s ability to process, manage, filter, keep and leverage information.  We live in the age of information and therefore, we understand that our ability to sort through … Continue reading

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Building Great Project Teams 101 > The Learning Organization

There is a marked difference between good project teams and great project teams.  The ability to tap into that “thing” that  drives people towards innovation and self-motivation is what separates project leadership from project management.  To really inspire greatness, leaders … 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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Common Problems on Large and Complex Projects

  Common Problems on Large and Complex Projects 1.         Difficult and belligerent subcontractors. 2.         Poorly structured subcontracts and loosely defined scopes of work. 3.         Protracted punch list activities, especially those related to the technical interfaces. 4.         Weak subcontractor field project … Continue reading

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