For large scale infrastructure projects, the traditional way of project management is used in almost all the cases, which is a good approach to manage these kind of complex projects. However, more and more projects have a substantial portion of programmable hardware and software involved. This is where implementing agile and scrum methods in EPC can save you time and money. As an example, building a railway is a huge construction project where a lot of civil works and structural works are required. But today, railroads are operated mainly by programming and computers. To run a train from A to [...]
Working in different roles and different sized projects, I consider myself lucky to obtain such a differentiated project management experience over the years. The invisible traps we will be uncovering in this blog became obvious when I was appointed for a large scale project as a System Integration Consultant. One of my job scopes was to complete the project by leading the Testing & Commissioning of various systems and to ensure the project became operational. The project is a large scale infrastructure project of national interest which has been ongoing for several years and is now in the last miles [...]
As a project consultant for Railway System Integration I could relate in my current assignment very much with the graphics from the PMI’s PULSE of the PROFESSION™ In-Depth Report (2013) “Navigating Complexity” where the most defining characteristics of complexity in projects are the multiple stakeholders. The project is highly complex due to the nature of the scope of work where a lot of system integration is required, but I can find a lot of specialist suppliers and contractors who are proficient in their job scope who still can’t see the “big picture” in the project. It leaves a lot of ambiguity for [...]
The following 5 Ways are the best practices you can implement project management into daily business operation and reduce chaotic day-to-day mistakes. Most of the time, challenges start in projects when there is a lack of clarity in job scopes and functions and how to manage the overall project properly.
1. Have a clear project management process defined in your business and follow it strictly. This provides clear instructions and goals in your business guidelines which can be measured. PMI (PMBOK Guide 5th Edition) or ISO 21500 do provide standard project management processes, however, the processes can be adapted [...]
In this short video, Peter Wyss (PMP, Scrum Master) goes into why the project charter is so important during the project development stage, how projects usually collapse without the project charter, and how people involved in a project can create a more clear and concise project charter.
Cheers, Peter Wyss
The Prepcast Story
Being a project manager for more than 20 years has allowed me to give the following story about a career which is rather unique and interesting for those out there who are considering to become a professional project manager.
When I was working in Siemens for large scale infrastructure projects, in-house development was a huge topic. Luckily for me, the experience from large scale and complex projects has given me the unique blend of systems engineering, project management, and entrepreneurial understanding.
When I started my own business as a project management consultant, I quickly figured out [...]
What is a Project Sponsor and why it is necessary to have one in your projects?
Having clarity in projects is essential. Especially knowing the scope and requirements from each stakeholder is necessary to ensure a successful project. However, this is possible only when the project team delivers the project. Clear roles and responsibilities are of paramount importance for each team member. In my own projects I create the project organisation chart to ensure the reporting and the roles are clearly structured. However, I find many times that the project team is still confused about their responsibilities [...]
This 5 minute video by Peter Wyss provides a short overview on engineering procurement construction (EPC) projects.
In this vlog, Peter covers the basic EPC timeline including the feasibility study, front end engineering and design, cost estimation to the contract signing. Once you have the overall view of where to start and where you are going, project management tools and know-how fills in the gaps.
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How Important A Project Charter Is During Project Development
For the past 3 years, project development has been one of my key activities as a consultant. In most of the projects I have been looking into, I find that the project charter document has been missing. This missing information caused a lot of misunderstandings, unnecessary work, meetings, and wastes money. In project development, clients may have fantastic ideas, but most of the time, these ideas are not documented or are not analysed properly. In South East Asia, I can find a lot of potential projects or project opportunities in the [...]
Have you ever had a project that was sick but did not know the root cause, or how to approach the issue (or even what the issue was in the first place)? Ask a project doctor and get the right therapy…
The successful application of a project management system, and consequently the success of a project, are reflected in the results achieved, at the project’s conclusion. Project Management Assessments pave the way to Project Management excellence.
Projects have daily practices and end-item lists in almost every company and business sectors or trades. How successful the projects are depends on many [...]