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A College Professor's Handbook: Producing Future Project Managers

by William A Moylan, PhD, PMP, FESD, DTM

Read how this tenured associate professor, who instructs in construction management at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, considers it his responsibility to develop opportunities for his students to acquire new skills and knowledge in project management.

Constructing Scope Definition

by Manavasi Ramesh

One of the major reasons for project failure is the occurrence of unforeseen events that disrupt the smooth running of the project and cause irrecoverable deviation from the plan. How can we help minimize the risk when it comes to scope definition in construction projects?

The Four Windows: Turning Opportunity into Innovation in Megaprojects (Japanese Translation)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

彼らの予算の大きさと彼らの野望の範囲から離れて、メガプロジェクトの特徴を定義するものは、永続的な遺産を作りたいという希望です。 英国最大のインフラプロジェクトであるCrossrailは、イノベーションの分野でさらに大きな影響を与えることを期待しています。

First-Cost Estimates in Engineering Projects

by Alexis Devenin

This is an exploration of the importance of first-cost estimates in engineering projects and how they are used to decide whether to go ahead with market studies and engineering development—or dismiss the project.

Getting Back to Our Roots

by Winnie Liem

With the profession moving forward into new territory, let us reflect and look back at our roots to ensure we are bringing forward those key lessons for continued success on our projects, programs and portfolios.

Topic Teasers Vol. 93: Making Historic Errors

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: Our school district has decided to raze and rebuild a historic elementary school located on an equally historic access road that was part of the first state highway. Unfortunately, in replacing a sewer line that crossed the road, about 10 feet of the original brick pattern was not reinstalled correctly. Local traffic was rerouted temporarily while the work was done, to the vocal displeasure of the nearby residents (since this three-block access road also funnels traffic from the subdivisions to the main street). What do I do about the pattern at this point?
A. When working with historic venues, leaving the site looking exactly as you found it is of extreme importance. If you don’t repair it on your own, the inspectors from your local Landmark Heritage Preservation Commission (or some similarly named organization) will ask you to redo it. So, do it now.
B. On a road that covers less than two blocks, city laws usually do not require historic artifacts and sites to be preserved. Repaint the middle lines and hope that drivers do not notice. This is preferable to stopping traffic again to redo the brickwork.
C. Ask the product owner what he or she would prefer you do. Since you were not specifically told to reinstall the roadway with exactly the same pattern, it is not your responsibility. If asked to redo it, charge extra for the expenses you incur with your subcontractors.
D. Construction projects never really come out exactly as envisioned in the beginning. Function is what is important, not beauty. If the road is safe and usable to transport students to the school and as an artery for people to enter and exit their neighborhood streets, you have fulfilled your technical and functional responsibilities.
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Stakeholder Management in Industrial Plant Engineering Projects

by Alfredo Alexis Devenin Vera

Effective and early participation of plant stakeholders during engineering phases of a brownfield project in a production plant allows us to capture the value and knowhow of the organization—and avoid multiple modifications during the execution phase. In order to manage stakeholder involvement efficiently, classification by function and organizational level is essential.

Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide – A Glance at the Third Edition

by Fabio Teixeira de Melo

The third edition of the Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide was recently published. A supplement to the PMBOK® Guide for those in the construction field, this article is a teaser of the new edition. It makes brief comments about the changes from the previous edition and hints at the challenges experienced.

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