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Managing any project successfully is all about Team Work combined with years of Accrued Expertise. It is an asset to have an educational background that compliments your field of expertise but "education" without "experience" is like an "arrow" without a "bow." You can never make a perfect shot with a temporary arrow unless you have a permanent bow called: "Life's Experience." Remember, you can never teach experience but you can always teach from experience.

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Everyone always complain that projects are running on tight schedule and time is not enough - Well, time will never be enough if projects are not planned and managed properly. 

Always Remember:  The bad news is Time Flies but the good news is you're the Pilot ! - "Michael Altshuler"

Posted on: August 26, 2016 01:47 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Japanese Approach to Project Management !

I would like to share a unique experience of mine back from 2005 till 2009. I worked for around 5 years hand in hand with two of the largest Japanese Corporations (JGC:Japan Gas Company & Chiyoda). They both were clients of ours on different projects but I will tackle one of the projects in this blog.

JGC were our client / owner representative for one of the largest Gas to Liquid Projects in Qatar called: Pearl GTL Project. Frankly speaking, I learned a lot from them and this was the most outstanding management experience I have ever had. The project was >$1 Billion US, very complex and running on tight schedule. 

Over the years, I've dealt with many large international companies from different countries. They were all very professional but dealing with the Japanese took my experience to a totally different level: 

1- Team Work: Although they were the client, they worked with us hand in hand as if both are one team which resulted in significant positive added value to the project. We never felt they were clients.

2- Openness and Honesty: They built a level of comfort among everyone which resulted in openness, honesty and trust which are important values to achieve in any project. 

3- Efficiency: They were always very efficient, to the point, hard working, very loyal to their company, committed to their work.

4- Attitude: They had an outstanding positive attitude and they were very diplomatic in a positive way to the extent that if they told someone "Go to Hell, he would look forward for this trip". 

5- Precision and Accuracy: Their drawings had minimal discrepancies which obviously minimized any re-work, change orders and variations.  

6- Organizational Chart: They always respected the level of authority within their organization and ours. I've never seen them for even once, by passing anyone. 

7- Punctuality: Always punctual, from higher management going down to the inspectors and they used to be the first to report to work every morning because they believe that you have to lead by example. 

8- Humble and Smart: They were very smart, highly educated and very humble - I've learned a lot from them because when you ask them something, they do not leave you before they make sure you understand. 

9- Meetings: Their meetings were always to the point, that's why during most of our meetings with them, we used to end up with fruitful results in a very short time because they all come prepared to the meeting with one idea (I've seen other companies who would come to the meetings with each attendee having his own agenda and the meeting could take forever). They all spoke as one team, regardless whose idea was it. 

10- Sense of Ownership: If anything went wrong in the project even if it was from our side, they used to take the blame themselves and work with us immediately on finding a solution because they do have sense of ownership and this enhanced the quality on the project a lot. 

11- No Arguments: They do not argue. This is a strength because they do concentrate on being productive rather than being just busy. 

This was a very unique experience. The project went on smoothly and was delivered on time and everyone was happy and looking forward to report to work everyday - It was definitely a win-win situation.

I have high respect to the Japanese culture, their management style and for them as individuals. 

Always Remember: "Unity is Strength and when there is Teamwork and Collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved" - Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Posted on: January 19, 2016 04:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (27)

Team Work Success !

 

       

Successful team work plays a pivotal role and contributes significantly towards the success of any project. Henry Ford describes the steps to achieve team work success in a simple quote: 

 

                  "Coming Together is a Beginning

                                      Keeping Together is Progress 

                                                     Working Together is Success"

 

Always Remember: TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More !

 

 

 

Posted on: January 16, 2016 07:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)

A Thought to Start Your Week !

 

Some interesting quotes to start your week with and their relation to PM Knowledge Areas: 

Time Management: "The Key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule but to schedule your priorities" - Stephen Covey 

Change Management: "Don't find a fault, find a remedy" - Henry Ford 

Quality Management: "People forget how fast you did a job but they remember how well you did it" - Howard Newton 

HR Management: "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way" - John C. Maxwell 

Communication Management: "The effectiveness of communication is not defined by the communication, but by the response" - Milton Erickson

Have a Great Productive Week ! 

 

Always Remember: Don't be a Boss and say "Go", be a Leader and say "Let's Go"!

 

 

 

Posted on: January 11, 2016 12:54 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)
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