Posts Tagged ‘project management white paper’

White Paper on Business Process Methodology

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

This article will explain a newer approach to implementing a Business Process Management (BPM) solution, invented as an SDLC, by the author of this white paper. Which SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle) is the most suitable for effective implementation of a BPM solution?  How a BPM solution implemented with the right methodology can generate higher ROI (Return on Investment)?

The normal waterfall approach and agile methodology do not directly suit implementing a cutting edge BPM solution.  It demands a much more tailored SDLC. It is very important to understand, why BPM has a need to follow a separate SDLC. Let’s first understand why we term BPM as a separate discipline in the IT world.

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White Paper on a Project Disaster

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

The Harmon Hotel was to change the Las Vegas skyline forever. The forty-nine story, elliptical masterpiece with a highly reflective exterior was designed by Norman Foster, renowned designer and owner of Lord Norman Foster & Partners.  The non-gaming boutique hotel was to be operated by Andrew Sasson’s The Light Group at CityCenter Las Vegas, right at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue.  The 400 hotel rooms and 207 condominium residences located inside of the Harmon Hotel were to become a home-away-from-home for vacationers, a crash pad for celebrities, and a beloved abode for residents.  The building: one of the tallest Las Vegas had ever seen.

In 2008, however, work on the Harmon Hotel was stopped.  Inspectors had uncovered numerous construction defects including improper installation of critical steel reinforcements (also known as rebar) after fifteen stories of the Harmon had already been erected.  After investigation, it was found that Harmon’s third-party inspection firm, Monrovia, California-based Conserve Consultants, falsified sixty-two daily reports between March and July of 2008.  Other Harmon construction workers reportedly moved rebar without approval from the project’s structural engineer, Halcrow Yolles, which immediately broke the AEC chain of command.

This rebar installation error played a domino effect on the entire building process, requiring element upon element to be redesigned, modified and reconstructed.  The final consensus among designers, architects, engineers and general contractors was to reduce the Harmon Hotel from forty-nine stories to twenty-eight and completely remove the condominium portion.

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White Paper on Automation Systems Project Management

Friday, April 8th, 2011

This paper tries to investigate project management knowledge expansion to a vertical industry – automation systems. First the literature carefully limits the scope of automation systems. It then gathers themes from literature review, map themes between vertical automation systems, PMI common themes and other technical / managerial disciplinary themes. The managerial and technical specific requirements are gathered, understood, and solution themes are proposed for each requirement.

At the end, the literature concludes an integrated management framework is preferable to support automation systems project management. PMO, program and operation management should also get involved so that the whole automation systems project management movement can get enough support within the enterprise.

This is Part 1 of the white paper.

Portfolio Management Case Study

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Recently we worked with a client introducing Portfolio Management. This white paper explains our approach and how we introduced it to the organisation. It also covers our approach to rating the projects against strategy. Click here to read more.

White Paper on Discipline in Projects

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

A constant complaint from those involved in projects is that there is too much bureaucracy. A process has been set up and it must be followed regardless of the size or complexity of the project. One size fits all. This white paper covers some of the things to consider when deciding how much rigor to apply to a project. Read More