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MEP Qatar 2012

  1. 1. Effectively managing large-scale MEP projects Dr.Tahir Hanif PhD MSc MCIOB MAPM MACostE MIC CMC MRICS Project Control Specialist – Public Works Authority (ASHGHAL)2nd Annual MEP Qatar Summit And Awards (8th May 2012)
  2. 2. Presentation outline Why Project Management is important? Project Management - the journey so far Current issues & problems How to tackle future challenges The 10 step plan Q&A 2
  3. 3. Why Project Management Is Important? Project management has become the defacto mode for delivering „mission critical‟ work which cannot be delivered by any other management means. You could be working as:  Project Director  Project Manager  Project Team Member (Engineer, Architect, Specialist)  Client  Stakeholder  End User 3
  4. 4. Project Management Timeline Predictive Project Management (1896) Karol Adamiecki develops the(1903) The Wrights brothers flight Harmonogram  (1914) World War 1 starts (1911) Frederick Taylor publishes „Principles of Scientific (1918) World War 1 ends  Management‟ Gantt uses Gantt Charts (1914) Henry (1939) World War 11 starts  (1945) World War 11 finishes  (1957) CPM developed by Remington Rand (1969) Space craft „Eagle‟ Univac PERT developed as part of the Polar Missile (1960) lands on the moon  (1965) IPMA established Program First test flight of Concorde (1967) Earned Value used by the US Government (1969) PMI established (1970) APM established (1985) Theory of Constraints developed by Dr. Goldratt (1991) Rapid Application Development devised by James (2000) Dot com crash  Martin(2008) Financial markets crash  (2001) eXtreme methodology developed (1991) SCRUM Programming (XP) developed by Kent Back(2012) Current financial crisis !  (2002) AGILE manifesto comes into existence (2004) Extreme Project Management promoted by Doug (Euro zone) DeCarlo (2005) International Centre for Complex Project Management established Adaptive Project 4 Management
  5. 5. Emerging Issues For Today‟s Projects  Number of interactions between organisations  Lack of the resources with the appropriate training & skills  „Commercialisation‟ of the project management philosophy  People not adhering to the fundamentals of project management In other words ... “We need project management solutions based on simplicity and common sense!”5
  6. 6. Perfect Definition Of Project Management Stakeholder Expectations Promoter The art and science of Client converting vision into reality Project Manager (Professor Rodney Turner) Final ProductSlide Nr 6
  7. 7. Its Easy And Its Not That Easy!  Engage heart, mind and soul! Project Management Just Do ItSlide Nr 7
  8. 8. The 10 STEPS to better projects8
  9. 9. Step 1 Understand what you are asked to do Understand WHAT is REQUIRED Don‟t be afraid to ask questions “Conventional opinion is the You may need a different approach ruin of our souls” Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī Take time to think through your actions also known as Rūmī (1207 – 1273) 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic“If you want to be different from your competitors … you must have the courage to set new standards” 9
  10. 10. Step 2 People are the lifeblood of projects SELECT the RIGHT people Select individuals carefully “ When youre part of a team, Mentor and coach those with you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to inadequate skills them. You protect them through good and bad, Provide appropriate training and because theyd do the same for you. ” support Yogi Berra Former American Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager “You cannot deliver projects without energised and focused individuals in your team” 10
  11. 11. Step 3 Keep it simple (Accurate, Brief, Concise) COMMUNICATE appropriately Understand limitations of your audience “ The most important thing in Understand different cultures and modes communication is to hear what isnt being said. ” of communication Peter Drucker (1909 - 2005) Reduce project bureaucracy Influential writer, management consultant, and self-described “social ecologist. Harness the use of IT “Simple communication can improve understanding and engagement of individuals” 11
  12. 12. Step 4 Lead by example MAINTAIN the RIGHT project environment Develop the right ethos “ You are a product of your Provide adequate support environment. So choose the environment that will best Constantly monitor and improve develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in Listen to you team! terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back” Clement Stone (1902 – 2002) Businessman, philanthropist and“Your team will perform better in author. the right working environment” 12
  13. 13. Step 5 Don‟t copy other projects! SELECT the RIGHT methodology Apply the right methodology “ If you limit your choices only Take time to customise it to suit the to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect project needs yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a Make sure everyone understands it! compromise. ” Obtain specialist help if required Robert Fritz Author, management consultant, composer and filmmaker“Be careful, keep administration down to a minimum” 13
  14. 14. Step 6 You must measure your performance CONSTANTLY constantly measure PERFORMANCE Make sure everyone is aware of their “ Performance is your reality. contribution Forget everything else.” Harold Geneen ((1910 -1997) Share this information with your project American businessman and former president of the ITT Corporation team “Without meaningfulmeasurement you will not know what you have achieved” 14
  15. 15. Step 7 Keep an eye on your project ADJUST to your environment ENVIRONMENT “ The art of life lies in a Make adjustments to the team constant readjustment to our surroundings.” Add or remove processes Okakura Kakuzo (1862 -1913) Make processes lean Japanese scholar who contributed to the development of arts in Japan “Do not be rigid in your approach! ... adapt to your environment” 15
  16. 16. Step 8 Innovation can be a solution to existing Be INNOVATIVE problems “ The problem is never how to Don‟t be afraid to try new things or get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get develop new ideas old ones out. Every mind is a „Break the mould‟... be different! building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” Dee Hock the founder and former CEO of the VISA credit card association“Innovation is the key to success … and competitive advantage!” 16
  17. 17. Step 9 Projects can be stressful! ENJOY what you do Create excitement in what you do “ The time you enjoy wasting Encourage others to see the fun in work is not wasted time.” Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970) Be an optimist British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social Stay positive and encourage others to critic do the same “If you enjoy what you do, you are likely to perform better” 17
  18. 18. Step 10 Review and check whether you have REVIEW things when achieved what you set out to do you FINISH “ Happiness lies in the joy of Learn from your experiences achievement and the thrill of creative effort. ” Celebrate success! Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945) 32nd President of the United States“Learn from your mistakes and celebrate your successes!” 18
  19. 19. In summary ... The 10 Steps Step 1 Understand what is required Step 2 Select the right people Step 3 Communicate appropriately Step 4 Maintain the right project environment Step 5 Select the right methodology Step 6 Constantly measure performance Step 7 Adjust to you environment Step 8 Be innovative Step 9 Enjoy what you do Step 10 Review things when you finish 19
  20. 20. A Project Manager‟s viewpoint“Project management is not rocket science. Its all aboutdelivering a project on time, on budget, to specification andto a good quality with zero defects. We all know what todo, its just having sufficient time to do it all properly whichis never the case.”(One of many comments received from a questionnaire survey, 2008) 20
  21. 21. Thank you for listening ...21

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