Top challenges of EPC Project Owners, Project Managers & Engineering teams

Owners I do not have visibility into the project. It takes almost 3-5 days time to get the progress updates. By the time I receive it, it is too late to take any effective corrective / preventive action. Information overload. Very often we are bombarded with information and it takes lot of effort and time … Continue reading Top challenges of EPC Project Owners, Project Managers & Engineering teams

Why are the processes in PMBOK numbered from 4 onwards?

The processes in PMBOK are numbered from 4 onwards because chapters 1,2,3 contains the topics given below. The standard for project management The standard for portfolio management The standard for program management Code of ethics and professional conduct Projects Project initiation context Projects, programs, portfolio and operations management Organizational project management and strategies Structure of … Continue reading Why are the processes in PMBOK numbered from 4 onwards?

Project stakeholder management

If we can maintain the project stakeholders satisfied throughout the project, then the project is successful. The first step towards this is aggressive stakeholder identification and stakeholder’s expectation management. The positive expectations must be maximized where as the negative expectations must be minimized. While the stakeholder register will vary across projects, the following list contains … Continue reading Project stakeholder management

Why traditional project success criteria are still relevant today?

During one of my training programs, a project manager said ‘I am not getting acceptance for my project. What should I do get the acceptance?’. That was a difficult question to answer, considering the fact that I did not know much about his project. Still I wanted to give it a try, and I asked … Continue reading Why traditional project success criteria are still relevant today?

Stakeholder analysis to identify key performance indicators of project success

Step#1 Identify the stakeholders of the project / product  (sample list below) Sponsors Portfolio managers Program managers Project managers Owners Engineering mangers / teams Design teams Sub contractors Procurement team Quality team Risk management team Change management team Safety management team Cost controllers Finance Sales & Marketing Project management office Competitors Consultants End users Government … Continue reading Stakeholder analysis to identify key performance indicators of project success

Evolution of ‘project success criteria’

During one of my training programs, a project manager said ‘ I am not getting acceptance for my project. What should I do get the acceptance?’. That was a difficult question to answer, considering the fact that I did not know much about his project. Still I wanted to give it a try, and I … Continue reading Evolution of ‘project success criteria’

How to define project goals – 10 questions one should answer

Whether it is about starting a new blog or building a new airport, before starting the project one has to get convinced about the business case and the viability of the project. Projects fail at the beginning, not at the end. Filtering out the best before investment is the key to avoid failures. Before starting … Continue reading How to define project goals – 10 questions one should answer