Tag Archives: Megaprojects

How do we assess project success?

How do we assess project success? Before one can answer this question, we need to provide the proper context and the various variables. For example, project success from whose perspective? Do we assess project management success, technical success, or objectives success? What would be the criteria for evaluating success? What would be the criteria for determining success for any of these dimensions? We will do our best to answer these questions and more here. Consequently, how to define success or failure? We need to look at this question from different viewpoints.

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What is the illusion of risk transfer?

Part of the following is from our book on Leading Megaprojects, A Tailored Approach. It is about the illusion of risk transfer that project owners might experience as a result of fixed-price contracting. We will first address the culture of fixed-price contracting, and next, we will discuss the illusion of risk transfer.

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Do project owners need help transforming to lead megaprojects?

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.

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A Tale of Two Megaprojects

In the previous post, we wrote explaining why we are writing a book about megaprojects. In this post, I will share one of the chapters that discuss two megaprojects. These megaprojects share a lot of similarities but different outcomes. This chapter is from my upcoming book, Leading Megaprojects, a Tailored Approach.

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