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IT Projects: Built to Last

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

The Brooklyn Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge--like these marvels of construction, project management comes from a solid foundation. The construction industry has learned that estimation, team dynamics and scope management are important keys to successful projects. Maybe IT project managers can learn something from their hard-hatted counterparts.

Topic Teasers Vol. 26: Agile Construction

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

Question: I work in the construction industry and am under some pressure from management to make my projects “more agile”. It makes no sense to me that IT processes would be of any use when building actual residences, industrial sites and office buildings. What am I missing?
A. You are correct is thinking that building a tangible construction is very different than creating a software application that is only electronic bits. The methodologies for each are at odds with each other.
B. If you change the wording, such as “customer demos” to “site inspections” and “constant quality testing” to “meeting technical requirements”, you will find that SCRUM, TDD and other IT methodologies can be used in construction and have extensive training available to you.
C. It is a mistake to believe that agile IT practices are the entirety of what the methodology has to offer. If you investigate the true methodology, you will find there is much to blend with your current processes to add to construction project success.
D. You can use part of the agile philosophy in your construction projects, but plan for extra time and cost to accommodate the changes the customer is now entitled to add as you go.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Change Order Cost in a Hospital Construction Project: A Lessons Learned Study

by Gayraj Acharya

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.

Use of Productivity Analysis in Construction Projects

by Dipak N. Digwal

Productivity analysis of critical activities can provide a better tracking mechanism than a traditional bar chart and enable the user to devise a plan with respect to labor and cost. The author explains the stages of productivity analysis and illustrates with a case study involving the construction of a new building.

EPCM Projects: Construction Quality Management (CQM)

by Valentin Kouprine, Hayden Du Pont

Quality management, a well-established practice during the engineering and procurement phases of EPCM projects, has increasingly been adopted by construction companies as an initiative to solve quality problems and better meet the needs of final customers. The author explains the factors that affect the quality process, responsibilities of the chief participants and benefits to be realized.

Construction Safety: An Integral Part of Project Management

by Edwin Rivera Sierra

Is safety just another job or is it a real project management need? This article emphasizes the need to integrate safety into your project plan. It provides practical details for aligning a safety plan and strategy to the construction plan. It also dicusses how the project manager and the safety lead representative can work as a team, and how making safety a priority will increase the probability of delivering the project on time and within budget.

The Dimensional Approach to Scope Creep Management in Construction Projects

by Abiodun Adewale Sorinolu

The efficient delivery of construction projects will be greatly enhanced if project managers focus their efforts on developing measures for identifying, monitoring, and managing scope creep in projects of any size. This article seeks to provide answers to the following questions: What is scope creep? When does it happen (identifying? Why does it happen (monitoring)? And, how can it be prevented from happening (managing)?

New Urban Landscapes: Development with a Sustainable Twist

by Sarah Fister Gale

There are now more than 7 billion people in the world and that number is expected to jump to 9.4 billion in less than 40 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As the population grows, so too does the mass migration from the countryside to cities, particularly in developing nations. This article discusses how project teams are re-imagining urban development to alleviate the massive strain on cities' infrastructure, construction, energy and IT demands.

Cost and Schedule Benefits of Offsite Manufactured Plant Rooms on ICI Construction Projects

by Roy Baxter

The process of finding quicker, simpler, and safer ways of achieving completion and handover is a continuous endeavor for both manufacturers and contractors alike. Offsite prefabrication of boiler plant rooms in the ICI (Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional) construction sector is not introduced to projects as often as it could be. The author examines the project benefits of using this engineering application.

Generating a Useful Construction Activities Work Schedule

by Edwin Rivera Sierra

Construction project planning requires creating detailed construction activities work schedules. Being organized with all your construction documents can minimize missing key information. Learn how to develop a clear and complete schedule, and how it can make a complex project seem a bit easier to handle.

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