The benefits of project management for traditional energy projects, such as building a power plant, are well known. But there are also benefits for energy sector reform, particularly government initiatives. Project management techniques can help by clarifying objectives, engaging stakeholders, improving the speed of legislation, and managing scope and schedule.
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Managing projects in a desert environment during the hot summer period presents unique challenges. The author shares his experience and lessons learned from three major oil and gas projects in the Middle East. Tips for managing projects in a similar environment are presented to assist other project managers.
Software upgrades are a necessary part of the information systems life cycle and there are various requirements that drive the need for upgrades. Upgrading systems is not an easy process, but utilizing best practices and applying PMI’s project management principles can play a big part in ensuring a positive outcome.
How to Build Sound and Trustworthy Risk Models: Winning the Reluctance to Risk Management in Megaprojectsby
The effort and cost involved in risk model implementation, as well as a tendency toward optimism, can make it difficult to build consensus for a structured risk management process. The author offers tips for building trust in the process starting with simplifying the risk model to gain management involvement.
Implementation of an Integrated Information Management System on an SAP Platform in a Utility Company Working Under a Public-Private-Partnership Modelby
This case study summarizes a two-year journey, highlighting the challenges, opportunities, failures, successes and achievements during the implementation of an integrated information management system.
Scope creep is a serious challenge that outage managers, outage engineers and planners face before and during an outage. In order for us to manage it, we must understand what scope creep is—and what its causes are.
The question many people have with outages is on how to manage them. Should they be treated as a project or a process? The key to a successful outage is a detailed preparation plan followed by smart monitoring of critical parameters.
New technology projects carry a high degree of uncertainty. Agile promises to manage uncertainty. Does this make for a natural match? Or are there more factors that influence the project manager’s chosen approach to a new project?
Energy firms are aware that the world is watching their actions concerning environmental impact. In this context, Chevron’s El Segundo Coke Drum project—winner of PMI’s Project of the Year Award in 2015—is well worth studying. The project was successful, delivered under budget and with an excellent safety record.
Nuclear technology and project management have a long standing relationship. The River Corridor Closure Project was a finalist for the PMI Project of the Year award in 2015. As a large-scale project that dealt with significant hazards and large budgets successfully, there is much to learn from this project.