Let us repeat the title question: Do project owners need help transforming to lead megaprojects? Studies by the Independent Project Analysis (IPA) and others have clearly identified a few key facts. The facts include project owners that manage their own projects directly, achieve better results than if the projects were managed by external parties. Another finding is that about half of their clients (IPA) have an organizational project management system (OPMS) that are poor or in needs of drastic improvements. Therefore, considering these two facts, then we raise more questions.
I am writing this post, including some personal background information. I write to the attention of senior executives in organizations that are leading large projects, capital projects, and mega projects. You are my audience if you are an executive in what we call project owner organization. These include government, semi-gov, and private. Your projects could be oil & gas, petrochemical, unities, transportation, power generation, solar projects, real estate development, or similar. Do you need to build your project management function?
The term project could be used for anything, from going out to dinner to building a nuclear power plant. So what does the term project mean? We will address this question from different perspectives. We will discuss the term from a service provider viewpoint and a project owner perspective. Further, we will split the project owner perspectives and consider the question from an existing organization viewpoint and from the perspective of a new investment. In this article and video, we will also have a peek into asset management. Finally, we address the question, do all “projects” require project management?
Continue to read and look for the video. Although the article and video are related, they do complement each other; not duplicates. In another word, the article is not the transcript of the video.
What triggered this article and video is a discussion with a colleague, who is participating in a SUKAD PM Quest Course, Mr. Mohamed Al-Awadhi. Mohamed is using the course and the CAMMPTM Model to launch a new business, a venture.
A long article but we think it is worth your time.
In recent weeks, I have been trying not to comment on Agile Project Management and Agile Project Manager topics, on LinkedIn and other social media sites. I have been successful in avoiding these discussions, well, most of the time. But Continue reading →
The video is about OPM, Organizational Project Management. It is a 3-hour workshop that presents The SUKAD Way for Managing Projects approach for building and sustaining the OPM System. We follow a model called The Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity that we developed in SUKAD in 2010.
Click on the picture to access the video and keep in mind, it is 3-hour but you can claim 3 PDU for it if you a PMI certificate holder.
A good friend and global virtual colleague, Mr. Neville Goedhals, has suggested this post and even provided the title. Initially, he suggested a title like “Become a highly paid professional in 35 hours”, just for fun but settled on “The current dire straits of Project Management”, to be more serious. You can refer to Project Management beyond Waterfall and Agile for more information. Continue reading →
Mastering project management is not an easy task. Sure we can learn some concepts in a course or two. We can demonstrate knowledge by passing a certification exam. We can learn the theory by reading a book. However, to master a domain, like project management, requires significant effort, and time. Did we say time? The first step in mastering project management is to understand the project management fundamentals. The Fundamentals is the first essential adventure in the SUKAD PM Quest.
Project Management Fundamentals
Here are some questions:
Can a risk event be good?
Is it possible that a 5-star hotel is a ‘bad’ quality hotel?
Do we still use the term ‘task’ in project management and what does it mean?
Is the project manager a clerk or an executive – strategic leader?
How to differentiate between output and outcome?
Why “pre-project” is not part of the project life cycle?
What is a phase or a stage?
Are Oranges – orange or blue?
Many of these questions are fundamentals concepts that we must learn them before we can build the organization project management function or methodology.
Click on the Orange Picture to access the course.
Mastering Project Management
Notice we are using the verb form mastering and not ‘master’ because we do not know if anyone can truly master (all of) project management. I have MSc from a top university in project management and more than three decades of experience and I dare say that I have mastered project management. So why Mastering? Because mastery is an ongoing effort. We can Master a subject, a skill, or even more. This is why we are developing The Quest to Mastering Project Management, PM Quest, and with many themes. The various themes cater toward different interest and focus.
Notice, the Fundamentals on top, which is not a theme, it is a prerequisite to all of the themes.
The following image shows the structure of the PM Quest.
Since we are just starting this strategic program, the above image represents the vision. Many of the courses (adventures) are available on PowerPoint for a physical classroom setting. The challenge is to convert as many of them to fit the online environment. We aim to have a new course every few weeks. We released the Overview last week (mid-April 2018). Our team will be releasing The Fundamentals today or tomorrow at the latest (24 April 2018). We will release our next adventure by mid-May.
The following image presents the possible routes a learner can consider to build a learning path. The yellow path is our recommendation for the first path.
Project Management Coach, A Click Away
We want to hear your feedback, comments, suggestions, or even critique. You can email us at PMCoach@sukad.com or join us on the various social media channels of SUKAD or even the dedicated groups that we set up for the PM Quest on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Remember, your project management coach, a click away.
This article is indirectly an announcement for a project management seminar that SUKAD will be hosting in Dubai on the 16th of April 2018, and likely to repeat in Abu Dhabi on 30 April 2018. The hot topic of the day is “Debunking the myth of what is a project management methodology.” Continue reading →
Is it time to rethink the project management function? What triggered this discussion, is a recent post on rethinking the PMO. I know I have written on this topic before, but many articles on social media keep popping up, which encouraged me to write again. Today, we will make the case to rethink the project management function. We advocate moving from PMO to OPM, organizational project management.