Project Management isn't Rocket Science

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A straightforward look at project management brought to you by Brian Mercer of Theon - http://www.theonltd.com/

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Project Management isn't Rocket Science

  1. 1. www.theonltd.com (Rocket Science Is Easy) Brian Mercer Director, Project Management Project Management – It’s Not Rocket Science!
  2. 2. www.theonltd.com Presentation Scope • Rocket Science • 40 Years of North Sea Projects • Stage Gates – A Simple Process • What Is The Difficulty • Some Challenges? • Pointed Examples? • Project Manager’s Brain • 40 Years of North Sea Projects • Questions
  3. 3. www.theonltd.com Rocket Science Exact Science: • Structure • Aerodynamics • Propulsion • Fuel • Controls See http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash /RocketScience101/RocketScienc e101.html Payload
  4. 4. www.theonltd.com 40 Years of North Sea Projects It Doesn’t Work!! How Do We Operate It? We’ve Had This Problem Before
  5. 5. www.theonltd.com Stage Gates – A Simple Process OperateExecuteDefineSelectConcept Stage Gate Reviews
  6. 6. www.theonltd.com What Is The Difficulty?
  7. 7. www.theonltd.com Some Challenges? • Insufficient Scope Definition • Define to Meet the Budget • Lack of Effective Option Selection and Phase Skipping • When to Start Project Management? • Risk Management – Identification and Mitigation? • Budgeting – CAPEX, OPEX? • Who are the Stakeholders? • Hobbyism and Preferential Engineering • Accountability • Change Management • Interface Management • Close Out • Lessons Learned vs Lessons Identified
  8. 8. www.theonltd.com Pointed Examples • Effective vs Gold-Plated Solutions • Interface Management – What Does It Mean For Other Disciplines? • Estimates – Generated By Engineers • Working To Budgets And Timescales • Managing Change And Scope Creep • Why Is It Necessary to Write It Down? • What Do Lead Engineers Lead? • What Makes A Good Project Manager?
  9. 9. www.theonltd.com Project Manager’s Brain People Change Management
  10. 10. www.theonltd.com 40 Years of North Sea Projects
  11. 11. www.theonltd.com Any questions? Thank You
  12. 12. www.theonltd.com Contacts Steve Rowbottom - Managing Director steve.rowbottom@theonltd.com Zulfiqar Hussain - Business Director zulfiqar.hussain@theonltd.com Brian Mercer - Director, Project Management brian.mercer@theonltd.com Matthew Guite – Director Subsea, Pipelines and Risers matthew.guite@theonltd.com Paul Hardwick – Director, Process and Facilities paul.hardwick@theonltd.com Head Office 30 Abercrombie Court Prospect Road Arnhall Business Park Westhill Aberdeenshire AB32 6FE United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1224 907444 London Office Building 3 Chiswick Park 566 Chiswick High Road London W4 5YA United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 8899 6690

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