This article is an effort by the author to relate the application of project management principles to patient care when it is treated like a project. The article helps us understand the relevance and benefits of such an exercise, which can lead to enhanced quality of care and patient satisfaction.
Poor risk management can be fatal to any project. But what happens when properly planning for risk factors really is a matter of life and death? This article examines how the staff at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago moved more than 100 critically ill children from an aging facility to the new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Change orders are unavoidable in construction projects but they can be controlled and reduced by applying appropriate project planning tools and processes. In this study, the author focuses on the change order cost in a recently completed construction management at risk (CMR) project in order to examine the types of change orders, the magnitude and numbers of change orders, and conclude the lessons learned.
This story of a hospital nightmare is not from a tabloid--it's true, and has everything to do with reducing risk for similar catastrophes in your project. In the second installment in this two-part series, learn how to develop a culture of high expectations.
The Hurricane Katrina problems cited by project managers and engineers have barely been solved. New evidence has surfaced that proves that a great deal of the destruction that Katrina wrought could have been minimized, or even avoided--and more importantly, it could be used to prevent another disaster.
As our series continues, we find out how Bejan’s constructal law could have been applied during Katrina, and learn insights from a veteran crisis manager on the scene evacuating New Orleans’ residents.
"It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much -- the wheel, New York, wars and so on -- whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man -- for precisely the same reasons."