Posts Tagged ‘Project Management White Papers’

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 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

White Paper on Hypocrisy in Project Management

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Business is full of hypocrisy. Think about these examples:

  • If your call is important to us, why don’t you put on enough people to answer the calls promptly?
  • If we want to develop our people, why is it so hard to get support for training?
  • If people are our most valuable asset, why are so many people made redundant?

It is not to say business is not making sensible decisions. It depends on what motivates those decisions. Most often it is the shareholders perspective. Maybe if we put on more telephone staff we will encourage phone contact and end up costing us more money. If we train people it makes them better candidates for jobs in other organisations. If we don’t make people redundant in a downturn, we will make a loss.

I think the same is true in many project environments. There is a gap between what is said, and what actually happens. This white paper sets out to explore the hypocrisy and give some hints as to how to work within the environment.

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White Paper on Design for Hybrid Agile Adoption

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

In order to deal with these recent changes new software lifecycle models have emerged that promise to keep pace with the industry. Agile is one such emerging methodology that is providing: better project transparency, better requirement trade-offs, faster time to market, and improved quality and reduced defects. While Agile approaches have clearly seen judicious success in recent years, these have primarily been associated with collocated teams. Unfortunately, collocation is not an option for all Agile teams. In fact, collocation is an approach which, in some cases, has moved the industry paradigm decades back defeating the overall advantages and cost controls of off-shoring and out-sourcing.

Overcoming these challenges, “Design for Hybrid Agile Adoption (DH2A)”, is a framework defined to successfully execute agile projects in a distributed and out-sourced environment. Read More…

White Paper on Process Driven PPM

Friday, October 1st, 2010

A sound Project and Portfolio Management strategy is needed to consolidate all of the business processes that drive the business. This is especially true with New Product Development projects that impact all facets of the businesses they serve.  Read more of the white paper by clicking here