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Project Portfolio Management in the Construction Sector: Alignment with Organizational Strategies

by Shankar Sankaran, Catherine Killen, Jeff Scales, Stewart Clegg, Hedley Smyth
June 07, 2022 | 62:52 | Views: 22,610 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.53 / 5

Project portfolio management (PPM), when tailored to context, improves the effectiveness of senior management decision making on selecting, prioritizing, funding, monitoring, and adjusting projects. Such portfolio-level approaches can improve alignment with an organization’s strategy and enhance return-on-investment (ROI). Although the construction sector is strongly project-based and represents a major segment of the global economy (13% of GDP $ 10 trillion in 2018 projected to $14 Trillion by 2025), little is known about whether and how Project Portfolio Management (PPM) can provide benefits in this important sector. The research team from Australia and the United Kingdom investigated approaches to strategic alignment and PPM through inquiring into project-based practices of organizations in the construction sector. We found that PPM approaches are used in the case firms investigated, despite the fact that the terms ‘portfolio’ and ‘portfolio management’ were not always used. Our findings also show PPM approaches being tailored to suit the construction context.

How Digitalization Affects Project Management – Evidence from Two Case Studies in the Construction Industry

by Timo Braun, eskil ekstedt
September 24, 2019 | 59:56 | Views: 74,436 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.33 / 5

Digital transformation is a phenomenon occurring across sectors and nations, affecting not only technical processes, but also organizational forms and managerial practices. Among them are: (1) project-based organizations (PBOs), common in traditional sectors like the construction industry, and (2) project networks (PNWs), the most favorable form of project organizing in modern service and creative industries. Project management, which is often used as an agent for change, plays a significant role in initiating and implementing digital transformation. To analyze the digital transformation of traditional PBOs and modern PNWs, comparative case studies in the context of commercial construction have been conducted in Sweden and in Germany.

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Status Reporting and Work Plan Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Sara Singh

This template was developed for its use on construction projects. However, its format and ease of data entry allows it to be easily transferrable to numerous disciplines. The sample template shows one Project Package, which is further categorized into three Project Phases.

Sample Weekly Construction Project Report

PREMIUM deliverable
by Alisher Aliev

This template is a sample Weekly Project Report originally utilized in an EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) Gas Chemical Project. The report contains sections for project control (project progress, manpower status, area of concern, shipment status, delivery status); QA/QC status; HSE status; and more. Adapt as needed for your own project.

Daily Progress Report (Construction Subcontractor)

PREMIUM deliverable
by Mustafa AlMashhadi

This daily report is geared toward construction subcontractors to log activities, workforce, activities, materials, weather and more. Adapt to fit your project needs.

Material Checklist (Korean Translation)

PREMIUM checklist
by Rami Kaibni

이 재료 체크리스트 및 사인 오프 양식은 모든 유형의 재료 검사에 사용할 수 있습니다. 이것은 품질 관리 과정에서 건설에 널리 사용되지만 다른 비 건설 분야에도 적용될 수 있습니다.

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Defining Greatness in Construction History: PM Secrets Revealed

by Dr. Sherif Hashem, PMP

Great construction projects deploy great project management strategies. What are the common project management qualities of these great projects—the DNA of construction greatness? This article investigates important lessons learned based on a review of some great historical projects that shape the world’s skyline.

Risk, Resiliency and Reconsideration: Program Management Post-Pandemic

by Randall B. Richardson, PMP

The pandemic forced the construction industry to reconsider certain givens about program management best practices. What will program management look like as vaccinations continue and re-openings ramp up? What is the new normal for construction program management?

Recommendations for Handling Disputes and Claims in Construction Projects

by Juan Horita, PhD, PMP

During the execution of large-scale construction projects, the occurrence of conflicts is probable due to variations to the project. Dispute resolutions can be considered as projects in and of themselves and require preparation. Integrating these recommendations and lessons can increase the quality of claims and limit the costs of elaboration.

How to Manage a Project...When You Aren't the Project Manager

by Stephen Biddle, PMP

Faced with a project that had no defined scope and no project manager, this practitioner took on the role. Since then, he has completed dozens of similar projects and worked out a reliable general process with five steps.

Effective Stakeholder Engagement: A Tool for Project Success

by Manavasi Ramesh

In complex infrastructure projects, external stakeholders may have the greatest impact due to land acquisition problems, right of way issues, environmental issues, and government regulations. Using case studies, this article presents the challenges of stakeholder management and supplies tools to help find solutions and ensure positive outcomes.

Dealing With Delays in EPC Projects

by Mujahid Akhtar

Delays in engineering, procurement and construction projects almost feel inevitable. However, they can be avoided if we understand and identify their causes before the start of the project—and try to mitigate the gaps during the project lifecycle.

Change Management: 6 Simple Steps to Get Started

by Stephanie Jaeger, PMP, BBA, PMO

How do you start proper change management in a company that has little or no documented and agreed-upon project management processes? These six tips can help.

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