Construction Management (CM) workshop
Seen above are ten site managers from road contractor Actophambili who attended a ProjectPro
Construction Management (CM) workshop in Benoni, Gauteng. The objective was to prepare them for registration as Professional Construction Managers (Pr.CM) with the South African
Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP).
Seen below are four site managers from contractor Leomat who attended a ProjectPro
Construction Management (CM) workshop in Richards Bay, KZN.
The next public CM workshop is on 28-30 November 2018 in Gauteng. To register visit our website or for more information tel: 012 346 6674.
In-house workshops can be arranged anywhere in South Africa at dates to suit the attendees.
New Standard for Organizational Project Management is released
The new standard Organizational Project Management (OPM) provides a framework to align portfolio, program and
project management practices with organizational strategy and objectives. It’s a valuable tool for organizations looking to better meet their strategic objectives–regardless of
approach and where they are in the value delivery landscape.
This OPM standard provides guidance to organizational
management, PMO staff, and practitioners on these topics. It spans the value delivery landscape and can be used with all approaches to project delivery—including waterfall, agile,
hybrid and next practices (those future approaches yet to be determined).
This standard is one of Project Management Institute’s (PMI
)® latest foundational standards and it is aligned with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition and other PMI® standards.
OPM helps organizations deliver value through the following principles:
- Alignment with organizational strategy
- Integration with organizational enablers
- Consistency of education and delivery
- Organizational integration
- Value to the organization
- Continuous development
Although useful for any organization that is seeking to better meet its strategic objectives, this
standard is particularly beneficial for organizations that do not have a unified project management approach and those in the process of improving or sustaining their current project
management framework. As organizations grow with the changing times and adapts to disruptive technologies, this standard will help them maintain a stable framework to stay on track with organizational strategy.
Visit www.pmi.org for more information.
Going for PMP
Six officials from the Independent Development Trust (IDT) are being prepared for the Project
Management Professional (PMP) exam by ProjectPro facilitator Terry Deacon PMP. The nine-week workshops are held in Pretoria on Saturday mornings. Seen from left are: Linnet Mendoza
, Millicent Mogari, Terry Deacon, Yeline Ferrer, Sannah Sebito, Alex Noholoza , Philile Hlope.
The next public 9-week PMP workshop is on 2 March – 4 May 2019 in Gauteng. The next public 3
-day PMP intense workshop is on 12-14 November 2018 in Gauteng.
To register visit our website http://www.projectpro.co.za/Training/training.html or tel: 012 346 6674.
as of 31 October 2017
PMI® membership 495,676
Total Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holders
Total Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
Total Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential holders
Total PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® credential holders
Total PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® credential holders
Total PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification holders
Total PMI Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)® credential holders
Total PMI Active Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®
Yet another structural collapse
Three people were killed after a building collapsed in the industrial area of Wentworth , Durban,
landing on workers and a truck parked outside on the road. Apparently the structure was near completion, but two pillars appear to have caved in, triggering the collapse. Six people were
seriously injured. The deceased workers are from Nquthu, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
The Department of Labour (DOL) spokesperson Teboho Thejane said that details surrounding the
incident were still unclear and the DOL has launched an investigation. The DOL has a team of occupational health and safety inspectors to investigating the cause of the incident.
If the employer is found to be negligent and flouted any aspect of the Occupational Health and
Safety Act or its regulations‚ a recommendation to prosecute will be made to the National Prosecuting Authority.
Meetings That Matter
We asked the project management community -
How do you ensure attendance and full engagement at project meetings?
Here are their answers:
“Don't waste people's time. Make sure the meeting has a clear purpose and intended outcome.
Use an agenda, distribute it in advance and stick to it. Unless it's a work session, participants should come prepared to report on work progress-not meet to accomplish the work."
-John Bates, PMP, project manager, Abbtech, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Don't Waste Knowledge
Done right, knowledge capture and transfer set project teams up for success. The Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK 6th Edition
has recognized this by including a new process called Manage Project Knowledge in the Integration knowledge area.
Amazon’s New Rainforest HQ
Amazon opened its new downtown Seattle office space, revealing a campus that looks more like
a rainforest than a typical cubicle farm.
The opening of the new Sphere Complex comes after the world's largest online retailer spent
seven years planning and constructing a cutting-edge space that it hopes will help spark its employees' creativity. Rather than the usual mix of closed hallways and traditional conference
rooms, the space features winding walkways that lead to hidden nooks and open spaces peppered with tables and chairs. And this being a tech office, the wifi is even accessible in "the
nest"—a meeting space ensconced in a wooden structure that resembles a bird's nest.
As striking as the structure, is the vast world of plant life it contains. The Spheres' three glass
domes are home to some 40 000 plants from all around the world—including a 17m tall tree, nicknamed Rubi, short for Ficus rubiginosa.
Amazon invested $3,7 billion on buildings and infrastructure in Seattle from 2010 to summer
2017, a figure that has not escaped the notice of cities competing for "HQ2,” its second headquarters.
Amazon has said that it expects to invest more than $5 billion in construction of HQ2 and to
create as many as 50 000 jobs.
Moving a Tomb
Here's a stressful project! Put a 15th-century 1 100-ton Turkish tomb on wheels and then move
it 1,6 kilometres to a new site on higher ground. The government officials backing the project – and the clergy - are watching every step.
Earlier this year, a Turkish team pulled off the feat to prevent the medieval structure, the Zeynel
Bey Tomb, from being submerged after a hydroelectric dam project is completed in Hasankeyf, Turkey. The move wasn't entirely smooth. For example, after the trip started, one of the 190
tyres burst and a system meant to monitor the mausoleum's stability while in transit malfunctioned. Fortunately a backup system was installed and the move was completed in 3,5 hours.
The US$4,2 million project sponsored by Turkey's national government faced challenges earlier
as well. Opponents were concerned that the relocation would cause serious and irreversible structural damage to the monument. That didn't happen, thanks to the team's intense planning and careful execution.
Source: PM NETWORK
Whether you are moving tombs or constructing office blocks, if you are a project manager in built
environment you need to be registered as a professional construction project manager (Pr CPM) with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions.
For more information on attending ProjectPro's next Pr CPM registration workshop in 28-30
November 2018 contact 012 346 6674 Email: email@example.com or visit http://www.projectpro.co.za/Training/training.html
Italian consortium wins $95 m bridge contract in Okavango Delta
Botswana has awarded a 1 billion pula ($95 million) contract to a joint venture between Italian
companies Itinera and Cimolai to build a bridge in the remote Okavango Delta, a major tourist attraction renowned for its wildlife.
The project, which will be fully funded by the government and involves the construction of a 1.1
km long road bridge and pedestrian walkways, is expected to be complete in July 2019. It will replace a pontoon service across a section of the Delta.
“An environment impact assessment was done since the Okavango Delta area is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. We will make sure construction will not disturb the environment,” Elias Magosi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, told a media briefing.
At certain times of the year, the Okavango Delta is home to some of the greatest concentrations
of African wildlife, and development has generally been kept to a minimum there. It floods during Botswana’s winter dry season, making it a magnet to herds of elephants and other animals.
The 4 Pillars of Portfolio Management
Associate Director Portfolio Management in Queensland, Australia.
Organizations implement portfolio management for many reasons. Some are looking for great returns, others want
to focus on delivery, while some just seek to bring control to an ever-spreading range of projects.
Regardless of the reasons why an
organization wants portfolio management, there are four fundamental aspects that a portfolio manager must master before they can be effective. I refer to these as the four pillars; each describes a specific
focus area. Portfolio managers that develop a detailed understanding of each of these four areas will be better positioned to manage their portfolios—and be able to answer the specific questions
that executive managers are fond of asking. Read More
How stressed are you?
Project managers are notorious for being constantly under intense pressure to bring their
projects in on time, under budget and to required quality standards.
This year, compared to previous years, has been a stressful one with rating downgrades, petrol
price increases and overall a busy 2017. Stress impacts us all differently and we all have our own mechanism to deal with the stress we face on a daily basis.
According to Profmed’s 2016 survey, 60% of overall participants agreed that stress impacted
them both physically and emotionally. However, interestingly, only 9.7% took time off from work due to stress. 37.6% of participants revealed that exercise is the best stress-busting activity. Last
year’s stress index gave us great insight into stress levels and the management thereof.
Upgrading their skills
ProjectPro held a Project Management Professional (PMP) exam preparation workshop at
Centurion Lake Hotel in August 2017. Some of the candidates seen from left are: Phuthi Ntjana, Peter du Toit, Mathew Jilu, Reginald Jacobs, and Maxwell Gwatimba,
If you would like to attend ProjectPro’s next course please visit the training schedule or contact 012 346 6674
ProjectPro held a PMI Scheduling Professional exam preparation workshop at Centurion Lake
Hotel in September 2017. Seen from left are: Mothusi Maomela, Caleb Gwaintdepi, Paul Monareng, Siphokazi Gcelu and Adriaan van der Merwe
Taking the CAPM exam now more convenient!
The Project Management Institute (PMI) has partnered with Pearson VUE to offer candidates for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification the opportunity to
take the examination via online-proctored (OP) supervision. Candidates will be able to conveniently and easily take an exam in the comfort of their home or office while being monitored by an offsite online proctor.
Online-proctored exams are available globally, as long as the candidate has a sufficient internet
connection and their computer meets the system requirements. There will not be an extra charge for OP testing; the exam fees will be the same as for center-based testing (CBT) or paper-based testing.
As from 23 July 2017, candidates will have the option to schedule an OP exam at any convenient
location in South Africa, or a CBT exam. The first OP exams through Pearson VUE started on 23 August 2017.
Join ProjectPro’s next CAPM and PMP exam prep workshops on the 10-12 September 2018. Click to register or for more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PMI Certification Statistics as of August 2017
PMI® membership is 486 680 – an overall change of 2,0% over the prior 12 month period
Total Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holders: 777 202
Total Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification holders: 33 880
Total Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential holders: 1 967
Total PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® credential holders: 1 710
Total PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® credential holders: 4 158
Total PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification holders: 16 283
Total PMI Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)® credential holders: 450
Total PMI Active Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®: 1 479
Worldwide, there are 287 PMI® chapters, with a total chapter membership of 271 684
The Organizational Importance of Occupational Health and Safety
By Khaled Istanbouli
Occupational health and safety (OHS) is a
multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health and welfare of people at work.
OHS applies to any work activities conducted by
the employer (or on behalf of the employer) that may constitute an OHS-related risk to employees, contractors, suppliers and visitors (any member of the public at any location in which they are
exposed to employer activities).
Attention to health and safety is not just about being socially responsible—it also makes good
business sense. You should regard it as just as important as the achievement of any other key business objective. Read More
Reach for the Sky
There is fierce competition between countries around the globe to construct the world’s tallest
building. It probably started circa 1570 BC with the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt which still stands a modest 139 m tall.
In modern times the iconic Empire State Building
completed in 1931 set a new record of 381 m tall which it held for 40 years until it was overtaken by the World Trade Centre at 417m. Thereafter various cities around the world broke the record
by 5 or 10 metres at a time, until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai broke the record set by Taipei 101 by a massive 320 m topping out at a spectacular height of 828 m. However, the Burj Khalifa will lose its
title in 2019 to the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia when it is completed in 2019 at an amazing 1 000 m tall. Read More
Letter to the Editor
Thanks for the recent edition of the ProjectPro eNews. The Zeitz Museum and Silo development in the V&A is quite something
and a great tribute to CT and its built environment community.
I read the article about solar energy projects
and its costs with interest because the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has several members in that sector. I checked the prices quoted from Bloomberg New Energy Finance in the article, with the Chamber and it
appears that the BNEF figures quoted in the eNews article were heavily inflated even in US$ terms. It started with a contract in January 2016 to produce electricity for US$64 per
megawatt-hour in India; then a deal in August pegging US$29.10 per megawatt hour in Chile. That’s record-cheap electricity—roughly half the price of competing coal power.
Read the below letter published in November 2016 by the Chamber based on extensive research
by Tony Robinson on the latest global costs of solar energy. I hope that this info will be useful and help to destroy the myths spread by Eskom which seems hell bent on continuing to generate
electricity at unsustainably high financial and environmental costs.
De Goede Hoop
Read the letter
How do you turn an old grain silo into a modern museum?
British designer, Thomas Heatherwick mused: “How do you turn forty-two vertical concrete tubes
into a place to experience contemporary culture?” The designer’s thoughts wrestled with the extraordinary physical constraints of the historic grain silo in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
There was no large open space within the densely packed tubes and it was not possible to experience these volumes from inside. Rather than strip out the evidence of the building’s
industrial heritage, they wanted to find a way to enjoy and celebrate it. Read More
Hotel perched on top of a grain silo
he latest addition to the V&A Waterfront’s impressive list of projects is the Silo Hotel which was
constructed on top of the old grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex. The Silo Hotel’s “ground” floor is situated six floors above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
giving guests spectacular views of Table Mountain and the seaboard.
The 28-room hotel will have individually decorated interiors representing the building's industrial
history, whilst giving it a refined modern look. The large glass windows of the rooms will give visitors amazing views of Robben Island, Signal Hill, Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head
and the ocean. Features include a spa, piano bar, cafe, gym and a rooftop restaurant with a champagne bar. There will also be a glass swimming pool which showcases these magnificent views.
Learn more about managing construction projects in the built environment by joining ProjectPro’s
next Construction Project Management (CPM) workshop on 28-30 November 2018 in Gauteng. Registeron www.projectpro.coza or contact email@example.com ProjectPro’s CPM course is validated by the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (no.
SACPCMP/CPD/12/023/RV) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) (no. SAICEproj13/01454/16).
The Supertrees Project
Massive man-made, multi-function Supertrees are springing up in Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 100 hectares of reclaimed land in central
Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. An international competition for the design of the park was held, attracting more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms from 24 countries. Two
British firms, Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter, were awarded the contracts for the Bay South and Bay East Gardens respectively.
Supertrees are tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens' landscape with heights that range
between 25 metres and 50 metres. They are vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include planting, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens.
Supertrees are home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and bromeliads. They
are fitted with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which can be used for some of the functions of the
Supertrees, such as lighting, similar to trees photosynthesizing; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, similar to trees absorbing rainwater for growth. The
Supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the conservatories' cooling systems.
There is an elevated walkway, the OCBC Skyway, between two of the larger Supertrees for
visitors to enjoy a panoramic aerial view of the Gardens. A food and beverage outlet is planned atop the 50-metre Supertree. At night, the Supertrees come alive with a light and music show
called the OCBC Garden Rhapsody.
Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the government to transform Singapore from a
"Garden City" to a "City in a Garden". The vision is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.
ProjectFlow and Microsoft Project 2013 course
Thirteen delegates from The Co-op attended a customised ProjectFlow® and Microsoft Project
2013 course held in Jeffreys Bay on 6-8 March 2017 in the Eastern Cape Province. The course was designed and facilitated by Terry Deacon of ProjectPro.
The Co-op is a leading agricultural business that delivers innovative client services such as
designing and constructing irrigation systems with the main objective to ensure the profitability of their producers on a sustainable basis. Jeffreys Bay, a thriving tourist destination, is world
famous amongst the surfing fraternity for their super-tube waves.
The Critical Chain – PMI explains its disappearance
Terry Deacon PMP
Last month ProjectPro eNews expressed its concern that the
Critical Chain Method (CCM) which was first included in the 4th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) in 2009, and gained more prominence in PMBOK 5th
edition, has disappeared from the 6th edition.
ProjectPro approached the Project management Institute for their
comment and received the following response from Kristin Vitello, “The PMBOK Guide--Sixth Edition Committee conducted both academic and market research prior to beginning the update
process. One of the tenets for the update was to present information that is considered good practice on most projects, most of the time. Based on the research we conducted, Critical Chain
does not meet that criteria. This is in no way insinuating that it is not a good practice in some situations, it is just not considered a good practice on most projects most of the time.”
ProjectPro approached the Project management Institute for their comment and received the
following response from Kristin Vitello, “The PMBOK Guide--Sixth Edition Committee conducted both academic and market research prior to beginning the update process. One of the tenets for
the update was to present information that is considered good practice on most projects, most of the time. Based on the research we conducted, Critical Chain does not meet that criteria. This is
in no way insinuating that it is not a good practice in some situations, it is just not considered a good practice on most projects most of the time.”
In the February issue of ProjectPro eNews, Mr Philip Viljoen, of Theory of Constraints Southern
Africa (TOCSA) said, “It does not make sense. CCM and multi-project CCM are more and more being used all over the world in many different project environments with the expected and
better shortening of lead times. In healthcare, aircraft maintenance, shipbuilding, construction, new product development, maintenance shutdowns, IT, government, research & development
and many more. The number of software tools supporting the rules of CCM has also increased in recent years. All of them boast of numerous satisfied customers.”
Time will tell whether the Critical Chain will make a comeback in the PMBOK.
If you are interested in knowing more about CCM, join ProjectPro’s next Engineering &
Construction Project Management or PMI-Scheduling Professional courses by registering on http://www.projectpro.co.za/Training_Schedules/training_schedules.HTM
Read More and comment
What happened to the Critical Chain?
The Critical Chain Method (CCM) was first included in the 4th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) in 2009,
and gained more prominence in PMBOK 5th edition. But to my dismay it has disappeared from the 6th edition. Not even a mention in the glossary.
In 1997 Eliyahu Goldratt improved production scheduling systems
using the Theory of Constraints and applied CCM to project management. What is CCM? The Critical Chain is the set of tasks which determines the overall duration of a project after taking
resource capacity into account. It focusses on managing the way people behave (avoiding the “student syndrome”), rather than just the task dependencies. Read More and comment
BA vs. PM: Where Do We Draw the Line?
So many acronyms, so little time…
We abbreviate to expedite talking about something that is long,
complicated or that we talk about frequently. So project managers become PMs. Steering committees become SCs. Project Management Offices become PMOs. Information Technology becomes IT (and begets
hundreds of other mind-numbing acronyms in the process). And Business Analysts have become BAs. Read More
Whether it's last-minute change requests or oblivious stakeholders, recurring problems can push
project managers to the edge. We asked practitioners: What's your biggest project pet peeve? Read More
Another successful PMP
Quinton Cartwright, a project manager with Denel Ltd in Centurion, has passed the gruelling 4-hour Project
Management Professional (PMP) exam with flying colours. He was wise enough to join one of ProjectPro’s PMP exam prep workshops to ensure he was successful on his first attempt. Congratulations Quinton !
You too can become a PMP by joining ProjectPro’s next
PMP exam prep workshop in Centurion on 4-6 July 2018. Register from www.projectpro.co.za/Training/training.html
New law will improve USA federal government project management
The Project Management Institute (PMI) reports that on 14 December 2017, President Barack Obama signed the Program
Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) of 2015 into law.
Six ways to let go
Learning to let go of a project or program is a skill unto itself.
Sheilina Somani, RPP, FA PM, PMP
Although inevitable, moving on from a project or program can be very
difficult. For contractors, it's business as usual. But for staff mernbers – or contractors closing out a longer-term position-transitioning a project or program into new hands can be a challenge. Read More
China implodes 19 inner city buildings in 10 seconds
Nineteen buildings were demolished in central China in less than 10 seconds, making it the
country’s largest building implosion project.
The buildings ranging from seven to 12 storeys high were razed just before midnight in Hankou,
Hubei province. The operation involved more than 5 tonnes of explosives distributed in 120 000 locations. It was the third implosion operation carried out on the 15-hectare site, demolishing a
total of 32 buildings so far to make way for a marquee business district in the city.
The project is said to have attracted more than 30 billion yuan (HK$33.8 billion) in construction
investment, which will include one of the world’s tallest buildings standing 707-metre tall, a cross-harbour tunnel and an underground complex.
Wang Xuguang, an implosion expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said the event was
the first attempt in China to demolish a large complex of buildings in a bustling metropolitan area. Wang said that by using the implosion technique rather the traditional demolition approach, the
city saved more than four months in preparing the building site.
Tile Africa opts for ProjectPro’s Construction Project Management course
Project managers from Tile Africa attended ProjectPro’s Construction Project Management course
held in Midrand. The South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) has validated the course for 15 CPD hours. The course prepares Construction Project
Managers to become registered with the SACPCMP as Professional Construction Project Managers (Pr.CPM) which is a legal requirement for operating in the built environment.
ProjectPro’s next CPM course will be held in Gauteng on 28-30 November 2018. Contact 012 346
6674 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
World’s longest and highest glass-bottom bridge opens
Whatever you do, don’t look down!
The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened to visitors in China in August 2016
The suspension bridge, which spans 400m the Zhangjiajie Canyon in Hunan province, hangs
600m above the ground, and is paved with 99 panes of three-layered glass. A maximum of 8 000 visitors will be allowed to cross the bridge each day.
Some 870 m long and suspended 300 metres above the earth, the bridge spans the canyon
between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie park in China’s central Hunan province. Six metres wide and made of some 99 panels of clear glass, the bridge can carry up to 800 people at the
same time. Tourists can walk across the bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, and the more adventurous will be able to bungee jump or ride a zip line.
Following an alarming glass bridge cracking incident at the Yuntai mountain in northern Henan in
2015, authorities in Zhangjiajie were eager to demonstrate the safety of the structure. They organised a string of media events, including one where people were encouraged to try and
smash the bridge’s glass panels with a sledge hammer, and another where they drove a car across it.
But the bridge stood firm!
Success! Thanks to ProjectPro
Just want to inform you that I passed my PMP Exam today (Proficient
in all domains), Thanx for your efforts and support ( I remembered your statement of model student :) ).
Here are my comments on the exam questions:
- There were no questions on the PMI Talent Triangle,
- 2 questions on network diagram and critical path,
- 3 straight-forward questions on Earned Value,
- 2 questions on kick-off meetings,
- many questions on Risk, Communication and Stakeholder Management Plan,
- I noticed the Project Charter was used a lot in the answer choices.
Hope we meet soon. Thanx again
Tamer El Akkad
Thanks for the valued feedback.
Look forward to seeing you again for certifying as a Program Management Professional (PgMP).
Terry Deacon PMP
ProjectPro workshop facilitator
To register to the next ProjectPro exam preparation workshops for CAPM, PMP and PgMP visit our Training Schedule for dates
ProjectPro training is in demand
Candidates for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management
Professional (PMP) have completed their series of 9 workshops to prepare for the tough Project Management Institute (PMI) certification exams. Seen here with course facilitator, Terry Deacon
PMP (right), during a break are some of the candidates on the 2 April to 28 May 2016 workshops. The next course commences on 2 March and ends on 4 March 2019 in Gauteng.
Candidates pose for a “selfie” during the Project Management Demystified, a 2-day introductory
course, which was held at the Centurion Lake Hotel during April 2016. The next course commences on 22-23 October 2018 in Gauteng.
The final Engineering and Construction Project Management (ECPM) course in a programme of
six courses for Department of Water and Sanitation was held at the Roodeplaat Training Centre, north of Pretoria.
The Riverside Hotel in Durban North was the venue for an Engineering and Construction Project
Management (ECPM) course for seven of Engen Oil’s project staff. The next course commences on 10 October and ends on 12 October 2018 in Gauteng.
For more details on future courses contact ProjectPro on 012 346 6674 or email@example.com or www.projectpro.co.za
Get Certified as a Risk Management Professional
A Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)SM credential for project managers who specialize in
project risk management is now available through the Project Management Institute (PMI). ProjectPro offers a 2-day exam preparation workshop in Gauteng (or other venues if there is
sufficient demand). This workshop will be of value to not only practitioners who wish to become certified, but also those wishing to learn more about project risk management. Read More Contact ProjectPro on 012 346 6674 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Training page for
details and to register.
Elon Musk’s incredible project factory
Elon Musk is an entrepreneur extraordinaire. He has progressed from founding a start-up company during the dot
-com mania, called Zip2 when fresh out of college, to taking on NASA with his SpaceX endeavours.
Born and raised in South Africa, Elon Musk
purchased his first computer at age 10. He taught himself how to program, and when he was 12 he made his first software sale—of a game he created called Blastar. At age 17, in 1989, he moved to Canada to
attend Queen’s University, but he left in 1992 to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics and stayed for a second
bachelor’s degree in physics. Read More
Five Ways to Build Your Leadership Skills
Leadership is an important skill for project, programme and portfolio managers. No matter how much technical expertise or strategic and
business management experience you may have, without an equal knowledge of leadership, your skill set may be out of balance.
So, how can you improve your leadership skills?
Here are five ways we can learn from the experts on projectmanagement.com. Read More
Steve Jobs 10 rules for success
1. Don’t live a limited life
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know
what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Read More
Major bridge collapse in Kolkata
A collapsed highway overpass in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India at the end of March claimed at least
24 lives and injured many more. The collapse of about 100 metres of the under-construction Vivekananda Overpass buried cars and pedestrians in a crowded neighbourhood north of the city's center.
At first, people desperately dug into the rubble with
shovels and even their bare hands. Later, an army of hard-hatted rescue crews arrived. Bright lights illuminated the scene as heavy machinery lifted heavy slabs of concrete that trapped scores of people. Read More
ISO 9001: 2015 Seven quality management principles
ISO 9001 builds on seven quality management principles.
Following these principles will ensure your organization or business is set up to consistently create value for its customers. With these seven pillars firmly in place, implementing a
quality management system will be much easier. The seven quality management principles are : Read More
Five Reasons for Change Management Success
By Daniel Lock
How can your organisation prepare for its next change project? The difference between those organisations that
are prepared for change and those that aren't is the difference between change management projects that succeed and those that don't. Here I look at the five big take-aways from that organisations with which I've
worked that have experienced change management success. Read More
Murray & Roberts Collapse and Claims Update
Grayston Drive Bridge Collapse.
Murray & Roberts (M&R) estimates that it will make a loss on the R130 million project to build a
pedestrian bridge over the M1 highway in Sandton near the Grayston Drive off-ramp. This loss results from the collapse of scaffolding in October 2015 that resulted in two fatalities and 19 injuries. Read More
Microsoft Project 2016 launched!
Microsoft Project 2016 is now available. It has retained all the functionality and features of Project 2013, with
some added enhancements and new features. Here are some of the top new features in Project 2016.
More flexible timelines
With Project 2016, not only can you leverage multiple
timelines to illustrate different phases or categories of work, but you can also set the start and end dates for each timeline separately, to paint a clearer overall picture of the work involved. Read More
Experiential Project Management
Roodeplaat Dam, north of Pretoria, was the venue for the latest experiential ProjectFlow® course
for the Department of Water and Sanitation staff.
The ProjectFlow® course comprises four days of classroom
and experiential training using ProjectPro’s project management methodology. Each delegate receives a CD containing the ProjectFlow® methodology which is based on
the latest Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 5th edition. This methodology takes the delegates through the sequential flow of processes and documentation from
Project Charter through all the phases from Concept to Close-out. Templates and sample documents are provided on the CD for ease of use and to maintain a consistent planning approach. Read More
Discover the Talent Triangle
As the global business environment and the project management profession evolve, the Project Management Institute (PMI) adapts their credentials to
promote the development of new employer-desired skills. Employers need project practitioners with leadership and business intelligence skills to support long-range strategic objectives that contribute to the
A recently completed Role Delineation Study (RDS) provided an updated description of the
project management professional role. Research included a large-scale survey of global Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holders to validate updates to domains, tasks,
knowledge and skills. The RDS captures perspectives of project management practitioners from all industries, work settings, and regions. It serves as the foundation for the PMP exam and
ensures its validity and relevance.
The ideal skill set — the PMI Talent Triangle — is a combination of technical, leadership, and
strategic and business management expertise. The Talent Triangle should not be confused with the well-known Iron Triangle (Time, Cost and Scope). Read More
Mega solar plant even works at night
A giant plant using energy from the Sun to power a Moroccan city, even at night will open in
December 2015. The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun's warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to power a steam turbine in the evening.
The first phase will generate for three hours after dark; the last stage aims to supply power 20
hours a day. It is part of Morocco's pledge to get 42% of its electricity from renewables by 2020. The UN has praised Morocco for the level of its ambition. The UK, a much richer country, is
aiming for just 30% by the same date.
The Saudi-built Ouarzazate solar thermal plant will be one of the world's biggest when it is
complete. The mirrors will cover the same area as the country's capital, Rabat. Paddy Padmanathan of Saudi-owned ACWA Power, which is running the thermal project, said: "Whether
you are an engineer or not, any passer-by is simply stunned by it. "You have 35 soccer fields of huge parabolic mirrors pointed to the sky which are moveable so they will track the Sun throughout the day."
The developers say phase one of the futuristic complex will bring energy to a million people. The
complex stands on the edge of a gritty, flat, rust-red desert, with the snow-clad Atlas mountains towering to the North. It is part of a vision from Morocco's King Mohammed VI to turn his country
into a renewable energy powerhouse.
Morocco's previously useless slice of the Sahara is proving a blessing for solar power. Solar
thermal technology only works in hot sunny countries. The price is falling, and its growing capacity to store energy is arousing interest. The cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels is falling
much faster but the International Energy Agency expects them both to play a part in an energy revolution which is likely to see solar as the dominant source of electricity globally by 2050.
What is project success?
Every project manager should ask themselves and all other project stakeholders: What is the definition of success for this project? It seems
simple, but it is infrequently done. Without getting into the specifics of any particular type of project, a simple definition of success is:
A successful project is when the team delivered what was required and in
line with expectations.
The definition is light on specifics, but very clear. How does this simple statement help define success? The traditional definitions of success tend to
be what people can measure. This is why on-budget, on-time and to the customer’s satisfaction tend to be the most common KPIs determining whether a project is successful or not. Read More
The most prosperous country in the world
The 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index has ranked Norway as the most prosperous country in the
world for the seventh year running. It reveals that Indonesia has made the most radical improvements since 2009, while the least prosperous countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The annual Legatum Prosperity Index ranks 142 countries across eight categories: the Economy,
Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Education; Health; Safety & Security; Personal Freedom; and Social Capital. Read More
The construction world is collapsing
In the previous issue of ProjectPro eNews we reported on the collapse of a crane at the Grand
Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, killing over 100 people.
This month the temporary works for a pedestrian
bridge over the busy M1 highway in Sandton, Johannesburg collapsed killing 2 people, injuring 19 others with 3 still critical in hospital. Both lanes of the M1 had to be closed for nearly 24 hours causing
massive traffic jams. Read More
PMI Project of the Year 2015
El Segundo Refinery Coke Drum Reliability Project
The El Segundo Refinery Coke Drum Reliability Project has been honoured by the Project
Management Institute (PMI) as the winner of the profession’s highest accolade—the 2015 PMI Project of the Year Award Read More
Engineering and Construction Project Management
ProjectPro held a successful Engineering and Construction Project Management course at the
Centurion Lake Hotel during October. One of the course objectives is to prepare candidates to apply for registration as a Professional Construction Project Manager (Pr.CPM) with the South
African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) and to pass the Professional Interview. The course is validated by SACPCMP for 15 CPD hours. The next course
will be held on 28-30 November 2018 in Gauteng. In-house courses can be arranged in other centres. For more information contact email@example.com
The Ladies Outnumber the Gents on PMD
The ladies outnumbered the gents on ProjectPro’s Project Management Demystified course held
at the Centurion Lake Hotel. The next PMD course takes place on 22-23 October 2018 in Gauteng. For more information and to register contact firstname.lastname@example.org
GOAL: Break current world record of 133.8 kilometres per hour for fastest human-powered vehicle
Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert, PhD,
have spent nearly 10 years developing human-powered vehicles. But the founders of engineering and design group AeroVelo in Toronto, Canada, are getting help from aerodynamic engineering students at the
University of Toronto for their latest project to build the fastest human-powered vehicle, namely .the Eta Speedbike. The project team wanted to break the current world record, but
working with students posed a scheduling challenge. To accommodate classes, the bike was primarily developed within a four-month stint in 2014. They debuted the invention that fall at the
World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA.
The team designed a frame that resembles a recumbent bike encased in an oval, carbon-fiber
pod. Yet, the tight schedule didn't leave enough time to test and resolve mechanical flaws. The Eta suffered broken spokes, blown tires and more problems on the racetrack.
Still, the bike reached a top speed of 126.3 kilometres per hour not far from the team's goal.
AeroVelo is applying lessons learned by designing an ultrastrong carbon fibre tri-spoke wheel, and testing which tires and chains will work best for the vehicle.
World's Largest Hotel
Saudi Arabia is making the headlines again, this time with some positive news.
When the Abraj Kudai project in Mecca, Saudi
Arabia is completed in 2017, it will be the world’s largest hotel. Its 10 000 rooms will be twice the number in the now-largest hotel, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA. The US$3.5-billion project
comprises an amazing twelve 44-story towers, 70 restaurants, four helipads, a full-size convention centre with a ballroom, a shopping mall and one of the largest domes in the world.
Located just over 2 kilometres from the Grand
Mosque, which surrounds Islam’s holiest site, the hotel will cater to an elite crowd. Ten of the building’s towers will offer four-star accommodations, with the other two providing five
-star lodging. Five floors will be reserved for the Saudi royal family.
The megaproject is just one of many initiatives to
accommodate Mecca’s 20 million annual visitors. As many as 3 million make the yearly pilgrimage for the hajj. Other projects underway or completed in recent years include the Makkah
Clock Royal Tower, which has 1 542 hotel rooms; the Jabal Omar development, which will accommodate 100 000 people in 26 luxury hotels; and a US$60 billion expansion of the Grand Mosque itself.
A tragic crane collapse at the Grand Mosque during inclement weather killed over 100
worshippers in September 2015. The accident has been cited as the deadliest crane collapse in modern history, with the previous most deadly incident being the collapse of a construction crane
in New York City in 2008, killing seven people. An Grand Mosque accident report stated that the crane's 190 metre long boom was not sufficiently secured by its operators so as to withstand the
high winds blowing on the day of the collapse, and using the crane in the 80–100 kph wind was well outside the manufacturer's recommended operating parameters.
Mecca is no stranger to mass deaths during the hajj pilgrimage. In 2006 a stampede caused the
death of 340 people and just a week ago about 800 were killed in a stampede in Mina, a few kilometres outside Mecca.
ProjectPro Trains Nepad
ProjectPro trained 40 officials from Nepad, the planning and co-ordinating technical arm of the African Union,
in various aspects of project and program management such as the ProjectFlow® methodology, preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, and integrating Microsoft Project
with the SAP financial management system. The courses were held between 20 to 31 July 2015 at the CSIR in Pretoria.
Why you need a Work Breakdown Structure
The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is considered to be the heart of a project. One definition
of the WBS goes as follows: “A WBS in project management and systems engineering, is a tool used to define and group a project’s discrete work elements in a way that helps organize and
define the total work scope of the project.” Read More
Program Management Professional
Program managers can now obtain an internationally recognised credential that recognizes their knowledge, experience and skills in
managing multiple related projects. Since the Project Management Institute (PMI) launched their Program Management Professional (PgMP) credential over 1100 program managers have obtained this
The PgMP credential recognizes those practitioners who are
responsible for the coordinated management of multiple, related projects that advance organizational objectives and strategic goals.
ProjectPro, which has trained hundreds of candidates to pass the PMI
credential exams, offers PgMP 2-day workshops to prepare candidates for the exam and to inform others interested in program management.
The ProjectPro workshop is structured such that it will also benefit
delegates who just want to know more about program and portfolio management. They may not necessarily want to go through the whole PgMP process or pay the PMI exam fee.
Those interested in joining ProjectPro’s PgMP workshop should register from our website www.projectpro.co.za or contact ProjectPro on 012 346 6674 or email email@example.com for
more information. The course fee is R 9 920.00 including VAT.
Who should attend?
ProjectPro’s workshop is ideal for:
- candidates wishing to apply for the PgMP exam
- for executives, sponsors, project directors, program managers, portfolio managers and
Project Management Office (PMO) heads wishing to know more about the processes and benefits of the program management approach in supporting organisational strategy.
- holders of the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential who will earn 15
Professional Development Units (PDU) for re-certification purposes.
Mexican drug lord escapes via tunnel
In an incredibly well planned and executed project, Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped from a
maximum security prison through a 1,5-kilometre tunnel from the shower area of his cell to a house under construction.
The elaborate, ventilated tunnel built allegedly
without the detection of authorities allowed Guzman to do what Mexican officials promised would never happen after his re-capture from a previous escape last year – to slip out of the
country's most secure penitentiary for the second time. Read More
The Super Suez Canal
Egypt has opened a major expansion of the Suez Canal, which deepens the main waterway and provides ships with a 35km channel parallel to it.
The expansion aims to increase the traffic handled by the canal. Egyptians appear divided over
the project, with many asking if the $8.2bn spent on the expansion could have been better deployed on improving infrastructure and public services.
The canal is already the fastest route between Asia and Europe and accounts for 8% of the
world’s sea trade, according to the Suez Canal Authority. The canal’s improvements, including the building of a 35 km parallel channel, will allow two-way traffic for the first time and reduce
waiting times by as much as eight hours for ships traversing the waterway. The construction of the new lane began a year ago. Read More
BP will pay $18.7 Billion to Settle Oil Spill Claims
BP has agreed to pay US$18.7 billion to settle all federal and state claims and pollution penalty arising from the
2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP was found to be grossly negligent during a project to drill an oil well to a record depth of 5 000m, in that they
took shortcuts on quality and safety to save time and money.
If approved by a federal judge, the deal would conclude
a monumental legal wrangle over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 crew members aboard the drilling rig when it exploded and caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Read More
Engineering and Construction Project Management (ECPM)
ProjectPro’s popular Engineering and Construction Project Management (ECPM)
course was held at the Centurion Lake Hotel. From left the delegates are: Hleketani Mathebula, Elijah Van Wyk, Hemraj Ramnarain, Gary Pio, Mark Mbuzi, Anthony Jamieson, Patrick Tanaye, Chonde Chiluba and Eksteen Uys.
The next ECPM course will be held in Gauteng on 28 to 30 November 2018.
Letter to the Editor
I write to say thank you for your expert delivery of the Engineering and Construction project
Management (ECPM) three day short course that I and my colleagues attended from 17 to 19 June 2015 at Centurion Lake Hotel.
I must say that it was indeed beneficial and opened us up to things we need to constantly look
out for in our daily management of projects and that is to check, check and re-check. The case studies equally gave us a new dimension of pitfalls to avoid and we look forward to attending
other short course next year.
However, going forward, I and my colleagues would like to get certification as PMP’s so I write to
seek guidance on how we can get this done from that end as at the moment there is no accredited PMP in Zambia.
Thanks a lot and good day to you.
Architect, ZESCO Limited, Zambia.
Thanks for the positive feedback on our Engineering and Construction Project Management
Obtaining certification from the PMI as a Project Management Professional (PMP) is the next
logical step. If you cannot attend our 3-day PMP exam prep workshop, we recommend our online eLearning PMP course. Visit www.projectpropm.com to see our course demo and to register.
Terry Deacon PMP
ProjectPro eNews Editor and Facilitator
PMI Announces the Talent Triangle
The Project Management Institute (PMI) has made an important announcement regarding an
update of their Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Programme which becomes effective on 1 December 2015. The CCR deals with the recertification of practitioners holding PMI
credentials such as CAPM, PMP, PgMP, etc. Read More
SAICE wants Cuban engineers to go home
The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) yesterday expressed its disapproval at the
decision taken by the Free State government to bring in 40 Cuban engineers to help. They are calling for their Cuban counterparts, who have been brought in to help
improve service delivery in the Free State, to go home, reports the Sunday Times.
SAICE CEO Manglin Pillay said Cuban engineers should not be allowed to practise in SA as they
could not be registered by the Engineering Council of SA. "They can also not mentor aspiring registrant graduate engineers in SA, according to a law created by the South African government
- the Engineering Profession Act of 2000," Mr Pillay said.
Receiving the engineers, Free State Premier Ace Magashule said the Cubans were qualified to do
their work in SA. Their fields of expertise included civil engineering; hydraulic, structural and mechanical engineering, as well as project management, he said.
The Cuban engineers will be involved mainly in the construction of houses and government
subsidised settlements, the provision of water, planning and project management, and sewerage and bulk infrastructure basic services supply.
But Mr Pillay said the decision of the provincial government to appoint Cuban engineers
illustrated the state's disregard for local industry bodies. "It brings to the fore the apathy and general disregard for the opinions of industry institutions and highly acknowledged key decision
makers. SAICE implores the department to review the Cuban appointments and to invite relevant institutions to fashion alternatives that are more appropriate to the challenges at hand.
Consulting Engineers SA (CESA) has publicly confirmed that there is a 40% under utilisation of local consulting engineering capacity in SA," Mr Pillay said.
SA's engineering institutions had direct access to, and influence on, its members, some of whom
had indicated willingness to work in the public sector.
Source: Sunday Times
14 Points for Improving Quality
The quality guru, Edwards Deming has drawn up a classic list of 14 points
along which the quality of an organisation can be improved. These 14 points apply anywhere, to small organisations as well as large ones, to manufacturing as well as to the service industry and also in education.
Create constancy of purpose toward improvement of product and service.
Adopt the philosophy that Western management must awaken to the
challenge, must learn their responsibilities and take on leadership for change.
- Cease dependence on inspection to achieve quality. Eliminate the need for inspection on a
mass basis by building quality into the product in the first place.
- End the practice of awarding business on the basis of price tag. Move towards a single
supplier for one item, on a long-term relationship of loyalty and trust.
- Improve constantly and forever the system of production and service, and thus constantly decrease cost.
- Institute training on the job.
- Institute leadership. The aim of supervision should be to help people do a better job.
- Drive out fear.
- Break down barriers. People must work as a team.
- Eliminate slogans and targets asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity.
- (i) Eliminate work standards (quota). Substitute leadership.
(ii) Eliminate management by objectives, by numbers and by numerical goals. Substitute leadership.
- (i) Remove barriers that rob workers of their right to pride of workmanship.
(ii) Remove barriers that rob people in management and in engineering of their right to pride of workmanship. This means abolish the annual or merit rating.
- Institute a vigorous program of education and self-improvement.
Put everyone in the company to work to accomplish the transformation.
Meticulous Planning Pays Off in London Robbery
In a notorious example of effective project management, burglars gained entry to the Hatten
Garden Safe Deposit facility in London over the Easter weekend. Scotland Yard police were only alerted on Tuesday 7 April. A gem industry expert James Riley said the raid was ''a very highly
organised and very cleverly masterminded crime''.
Burglars entered on the top floor, broke through a wall, abseiled down a lift shaft, smashed
through a concrete floor, cut through two metal gates and a 500mm thick vault door. They then cut open at least 70 of the 300 safety deposit boxes and departed with possibly hundreds of
millions of pounds in jewellery and other valuables. Read More
The Future of Quality
By David Armstrong, Chartered Quality Institute
For all organisations, the delivery of high-quality products and services is essential. The
consequences of failure grow ever more significant in today's world of increasing customer and stakeholder expectations, regulatory oversight and use of social media to broadcast success or
failure. Yet we live in a world where there are still too many organisations failing to deliver against all stakeholder requirements. Ultimately this can cause harm to society, damage lives and waste money. Read more
Top 10 National and Global Risks
The Institute of Risk Management of South Africa (IRMSA) recently produced a report that represents
an evaluation of the top risks over a two-year time horizon through several workshops at IRMSA conferences and a survey of 620 of the country’s foremost risk management experts. The risk
management fraternity respondents represent every major industry within the public and private sectors. Read More
7 Tips for Estimating Your Projects
Take the subjectivity and speculation out of estimating.
By Christian Bisson, PMP
Estimating can be a tedious task, and the final numbers are influenced by a daunting number of
factors: scope, type of project, resources involved in estimating, type of client, unknown variables, potential risks and more. But estimating is critical to your project's-and your
organization's-success. These tips can help practitioners arrive at an estimate that's both useful and accurate.
1. Always include contingency
A contingency is something that's expected to be spent. Therefore, project managers shouldn't
remove it from an estimate simply to make the project look less expensive. In addition to a monetary contingency, also include the time and resources needed to handle the work the contingency implies.
If the contingency is not needed, the project will simply be done earlier and the organization can
keep the funds for another time.
2. Avoid making numbers fit the budget
When working on an estimate, a project manager might be tempted to pressure the team to keep
the numbers optimistically low. But this creates an estimate that is only good on paper; when the time comes to justify an overage, the team members will simply reveal that they were asked to
estimate low numbers and overage should be expected. If the budget and scope are at odds, practitioners should instead adjust the scope: Ask the team to provide what can be done within the budget.
3. Communicate team assumptions
A common mistake when estimating is listing tasks and numbers while not specifying assumptions behind the numbers. For example, team members may say they can create an
online form in seven hours, but they're envisioning a form with 10-12 fields, while you are expecting 20 fields. Employ good requirements management by making sure team members
provide clear details on what they're estimating to avoid costly surprises later in the project.
4. Avoid using only high-level breakdowns
The more detailed the breakdown, the more accurate the estimate and the easier it is to get the
whole team on the same page. For example, it's too high-level to say: We will create an online store with a shopping cart. It's clearer to state: We are responsible for the login, account creation
, account management interface, shopping cart and confirmation emails.
Clearer estimates may reveal higher costs, but it's better to find that out while you can still
control scope or expectations, rather than mid-project when you are reporting an overage.
5. Double-check for commonly overlooked activities
In the strain to consider every task, deliverable and bit of scope, it can be easy to overlook
ancillary activities, such as meetings, edits on internal or client feedback and bug fixing. But these often-overlooked activities happen frequently during a project-and can frequently derail
estimating efforts. Though these tasks can have a huge impact on your estimate, it's difficult to gauge how long certain parts of the project will take. Feedback, for example, can range from
"Change these two sentences" to "I don't like the concept, can you propose something else?" To handle this ambiguity, look at historical documents like past project reports and assess a
percentage of the work rather than a specific amount of money or time.
6. Include the accuracy of the estimate
Estimates are all guesses based on assumptions, but some guesses are more accurate than
others. If the project involves using new technology, for example, then your estimate will be less accurate than if you're using a system the team already knows. In addition, many estimates are
done too quickly due to time constraints; in those cases, the accuracy of estimates drastically diminishes.
It's crucial to communicate the accuracy of the estimate, meaning to specify by how much the
amount given can vary. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) provides the following guidelines:
- Rough Order of Magnitude Estimate: -25 percent to +75 percent
- Budget Estimate: -10 percent to +25 percent
- Definitive Estimate: -5 percent to +10 percent
By communicating this information to your client, you set expectations and avoid surprising
anyone when the estimate changes.
7. Don't forget risks
This part may be tricky depending on how aware of risk management your team is. Often, the team will do a quick assessment, agree that it's a risky project and add more hours to the estimate.
However, that's not enough. Planning for your risk budget means using the registered risk and
mitigation plans and accounting for the time needed to make those plans happen. For example, to prevent a technological constraint in a future phase of the project, you may plan to build a
prototype. It would potentially avoid 200 hours of rework and would confirm
the look and feel the team can obtain before the organization commits to the client. However, the
prototype will still take 70 hours to build, and that effort needs to be taken into consideration when estimating the project.
Christian Bisson, PMP, is a project manager at Twist Image, Montreal, Canada.
Solar Impulse 2: Flying around the world on sun power
Solar Impulse 2 landed in Shanghai, China last week, completing the fifth leg of its landmark global circum
-navigation powered solely by the sun. The plane's maiden global circumnavigation began in Abu Dhabi and is scheduled to take in 12 stops, with a total flight time of around 25 days spread over five months. The
two pilots are Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard.
With Piccard at the controls, the revolutionary plane
landed in Chongqing airport at after a 20,5 hour flight from Myanmar, its vast wingspan lit up by rows of lights.
The plane had been expected to make just a brief stop in the south-western city and quickly
travel on to Nanjing, about 270 km from Shanghai, but that was delayed due to weather and safety concerns, with the team now expecting to stay a few days waiting for better conditions for the trip east.
Piccard, one of the two Swiss pilots of the solar-powered plane, battled extreme cold, as low as
minus 20°C, in the cockpit and the general unpredictability of flying above the mountainous Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.
Flying at high altitude for most of the journey from Mandalay to Chongqing – 28 000 feet at its
highest point - Piccard had to use additional oxygen on the 1 459 km route.
On a previous circumnavigation, Piccard passed over China in a specially designed balloon, but
only after he flew to Beijing personally to negotiate the trip, and with conditions requiring the balloon to avoid large swathes of the country.
Ridiculed by the aviation industry when it was first unveiled, the Solar Impulse 2 venture has
since been hailed around the world, including by UN chief Ban Ki-moon. The team behind Solar Impulse 2, which has more than 17 000 solar cells built into its wings, hopes to promote green
energy with the circumnavigation attempt.
PMI-PBA Pilot Participants Recommend Certification
The Project Management Institute (PMI) recently launched one of their highest certifications – the PMI Professional in Business
Analysis (PMI-PBA). Business Analysis is an important aspect of developing a Business Case for a project to determine its feasibility and viability. Read more
Rail rivals look to gadget-packed trains
Trains are likely to become more like long-haul planes, with customised carriages and tablet computers embedded into hi-tech seats, as
Western manufacturers fight back against cheaper Chinese rivals and Europe's railways open up to greater competition.
Europe's rail passengers may feel their comfort
has long been overlooked by an industry, still largely in the hands of cash-strapped governments and struggling to compete with low-cost airlines as well as buses and cars. Read more
Drones Can be a Useful Project Tool
There’s been a lot of discussion and a tremendous amount of speculation lately about the nature of drones and their
role in our society as useful tools and hobbyist toys.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is set
to clamp down on the illegal flying of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, in civil airspace. According to a statement sent out by SACAA, the move was prompted by
recent reports of drones already operating in the South African civil aviation airspace.
Drones are classified as any aircraft that can fly without a pilot on board. They come in all sorts
of shapes and sizes and can be controlled remotely by an individual on the ground, in another aircraft or through an on board computer system. Current civil aviation legislation does not
provide for certification, registration and/or operation of UAS in the South African civil aviation airspace.
While this was hardly problematic before, a surge in demand for the use of drones - especially
for commercial purposes - has prompted the SACAA to integrate the use of drones into the South Africa airspace as speedily as possible.
The use of drones has proven to be particularly useful in the creation of video and photographic
content for project documentation, inspections and reporting. The bird's eye footage not only provides alternative, fresh views of events and happenings, but also allows access to dangerous or inaccessible areas.
Unmanned aircraft systems are a relatively new component of the civil aviation framework, one
which the SACAA, together with other regulators worldwide and under the guidance of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), are working to understand, define and ultimately
integrate in to the civil aviation sector. As such, the process of developing policies, procedures, regulations and associated standards in order to certify and subsequently authorise operation of
UAS is currently in progress.
ProjectPro Trains Ingula Pump Storage Project Team
Team members of the Ingula Pump Storage project are attending a series of Project
Management Professional (PMP) exam preparation courses facilitated by ProjectPro in Ladysmith, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Ingula is an Eskom and Braamhoek Consultants Joint Venture in the escarpment of the
Drakensberg range straddling the border of the Free State and KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The scheme consists of an upper (Bedford Dam) and a lower dam (Bramhoek Dam) 4,6 km apart and
connected by tunnels. The underground powerhouse will house 4 x 333MW reversible pump-turbines. The project budget is R27 billion and the scheme is scheduled to come into operation in 2015/2016.
The pumped-storage hydroelectricity plant will be used to generate electricity during the peak
demand periods of the day. At night, excess power on the grid generated by conventional coal and nuclear plants is used to pump water to the upper reservoir.
Projects of the Past: Relocating the Abu Simbel Temples
The relocation of the Abu Simbel temples in 1964 was a fascinating project to relocate two massive rock temples in Nubia, southern Egypt
. This was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.
The Abu Simbel temples are now situated on the western bank of
Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments," which run from Abu Simbel downriver to
Philae (near Aswan). Read more
First MeerKAT radio telescope dish launched
Derek Hanekom, South African Science and Technology Minister, has formally launched the first
dish of the MeerKAT radio telescope array in the Karoo, some 90 km west of Carnarvon. When completed, MeerKAT will have 64 such dishes.
“The MeerKAT is something concrete,” Hanekom told
Engineering News Online . “It is a wholly South African designed and funded project. MeerKAT will be the world’s largest radio telescope when it is commissioned. It is a demonstration of our own South
African capabilities.” Read more
Implementing Organizational Project Management: A Practice Guide
A growing number of organizations have embraced organizational
project management (OPM) in an effort to increase performance and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Research shows that a successful OPM strategy is dependent upon a strong project
management methodology-one that aligns organizational goals across the portfolio of projects.
An effective project management methodology provides a standardized,
organization- or situation-specific approach that encourages efficient use of resources in order to enable the organization to focus on its most
important tasks-leading, innovating and delivering products and services. While some organizations recognize the importance of project management, others continue to execute projects without a
methodology. The lack of a strong methodology could lead to project or program failure.
The Project Management Institute has introduced Implementing Organizational Project
Management: A Practice Guide to assist organizations in developing and defining effective project management methodologies. In a 2012 PMI market research project, more than half of
respondents identified a lack of published guidance on development of customized methodologies. This practice guide outlines practical knowledge and steps to define and develop a methodology
in alignment with the foundational standards and framework that were first provided in PMI's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
Implementing Organizational Project Management demonstrates how an effective project
management methodology integrates globally accepted best practices with business-specific processes and techniques. The guide will help practitioners develop relevant and effective
methodologies for their organizations, with emphasis on:
Important elements of a methodology
- Essential tools, templates and resources
- Custom-fit approaches for consistent management of all projects
- Alignment of project management practices across the organization's portfolio of projects
- Application of lessons learned to capture organizational knowledge and learning, resulting in regular updates and refinements
- Consistent application of project management practices within the organization
This practice guide provides the tools to help project management practitioners develop a living,
evolving methodology that will allow them to assess and refine their practices and become "best in class" performers.
"Developing a project management methodology is a key success factor for realising projects on
time, budget and to requirements", says Terry Deacon, CEO of ProjectPro.
ProjectPro recently developed a project management methodology for Sasol Gas, based on the
global standard Project Management Body of Knowledge 5th Edition.
For more information contact Terry Deacon on 082 557 3119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fears that Kariba Dam may collapse
The foundation of the Kariba Dam wall is eroding and has to be repaired urgently to avert a massive disaster. A large pool carved
out by opening the sluice gates has eroded the integrity of the wall, which may collapse within the next three years.
If the wall collapses, it will affect 3,5million people living
downstream from the dam. Power supplies to large parts of southern Africa will also be disrupted because a collapse with subsequent downstream flooding will affect two hydroelectric
schemes – one at Kariba and another at Cahora Bassa, which supply a combined 1 500 megawatts of power to South Africa. Read more
Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project forges ahead in 2014
2014 is going to be a key year in the process of transforming the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme from
vision to reality. “We’ll have a huge amount of work on the design of the SKA and its systems and subsystems,” explains SKA Organisation director-general Professor Philip Diamond. “In the third
quarter of the year, we’ll have the preliminary design reviews (PDRs) for all the work groups. No major decisions will be made until the PDRs have taken place. And I’m hoping that the hosting
agreements will be finalised and agreed – but not signed. They will not be signed until the governance details are worked out.” Read more
Raising the Costa Concordia
In one of the most audacious and dangerous salvage operations ever undertaken, the world's top engineers
attempted to raise the wreck of the Costa Concordia. The Salvage Master was a South African, Nick Sloane of Titan Marine.
For more than a year, the Costa Concordia cruise ship
sat half-submerged off the coast of Italy—a striking reminder of the disaster that befell it on 13 January 2012. Read more
The Hyperloop Project
Ex-South African entrepreneur, Elon Musk, envisages a design for a new transportation system
that he said could shuttle passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in just 30 minutes!
The Hyperloop is the right solution for high traffic volume cities that are less than 1 500 km apart
, said Musk. Above that distance, he believes that supersonic air travel ends up being faster and cheaper. However, for a shorter journey, having a supersonic plane is rather pointless, as you
would spend almost all your time slowly ascending and descending and very little time at cruise speed.
The Hyperloop is a system of people-sized pods that are moved over a network of vacuum tubes
built above or under the ground – much like the pneumatic tubes seen at drive-up windows at banks. Magnetic attraction would move the pods through the tubes.
To create a low friction suspension system for the pods traveling at over 1 100 km/h, it would
rely on a cushion of air. Air bearings, which use the same basic principle as an air hockey table, have been demonstrated to work at speeds of Mach 1.1 with very low friction. In this case,
however, it is the pod that is producing the air cushion, rather than the tube.
The straight pneumatic approach would be problematic because the friction of a 560 km long
column of air moving at near sonic velocity against the inside of the tube is too high.
Another approach -- using hard or near hard vacuum in the tube and then using an
electromagnetic suspension -- would be too hard to maintain in a system of tubes with dozens of stations. All it takes is one leaky seal or a small crack somewhere in the hundreds of miles of
tube and the whole system stops working.
Musk said the project could take seven to 10 years for the first trial if all conditions are met. The
system could cost as much as $6 billion, but he said that would be about one-tenth the projected cost of a high-speed rail system that California has been planning to build.
Musk said he would publish an open-source design that anyone can use or modify. But if no one
volunteers to actively take the lead on the project, he said he would build a prototype.
The Future of Gautrain
Soweto to Mamelodi on the Gautrain? That is one of the ambitious goals of Bombela, as it mulls over adding 140km of new rail.
But there’s more.
Balloon rides to the Edge of Space
Lift-off: Initially, six passengers and two pilots will be aboard a pressurized capsule that is still under development
Tickets at $75 000 a pop will soon be available for balloon flights to the edge of space some 30
km above Earth. Read more
Lean Practices in Project Management
Lean Practices have been working miracles in manufacturing for decades, driving early adopters
– most notably Toyota – to the top of their markets. Given that track record, lean processes are now cropping up in project management across many industries.
Organisations that apply lean principles to their project management practices are able to identify
and weed out processes and activities that introduce wasteful spending. In a world of big-budget projects and programs, such improvements can yield huge bottom-line benefits. Read more
EC Harris and Mace to Build World’s Tallest Building
The Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) has appointed a joint venture including consultants EC Harris and Mace to project
manage the construction of the world’s tallest building, the Kingdom Tower, in Saudi Arabia.
The joint venture will provide design, commercial and project
management for the $1,2bn development. Standing at over 1 000 m high. This will be 170 m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai which is currently the world’s tallest building.
"We are delighted to be on the team to deliver this iconic project,"
said EC Harris head of property and social infrastructure Keith Brooks. "The Kingdom Tower is a landmark building that will clearly demonstrate Saudi Arabia's ambitions to the world. We
have a world-class team in place and I am confident that our integrated approach to project, design and construction management will help deliver a safe and successful project
."Construction is due to start later this year and is to be completed within 63 months.
Mega-Artist Christo to Build a Pyramid in Arabia
Here’s a project manager with a weird mind and an audacious endeavour. Christo Javacheff, a Bulgarian
born mega-artist, is planning to build 'The Mastaba' , a trapezoidal structure of over 400 000 oil barrels, near Abu Dhabi, UAR.
His other works include the wrapping of the
Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 39 km-long artwork called Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and the Umbrellas project in Japan and California, USA. Read more
Our World is Collapsing
An industrial crane crashed through the roof of the Golden Walk shopping centre in Germiston, Gauteng, injuring 25 shoppers, two of them seriously.
The Department of Labour will no doubt commence one
of their drawn out inquiries, which will take years to complete. The DOL inquiry into a building collapse in 2008 in Stellenbosch, Western Cape which killed 5 people, is still underway in 2013, over 5 years later.
The lessons learned seem never to be implemented as the spate of fatal accidents continue unabated.
But the problem is not confined to South Africa. It is a world-wide problem, particularly in
developing countries. Read more
Who Runs the Internet?
Following the article on Who Owns the Internet in our previous eNews, we now look at Who Runs the Internet?
As mentioned in the previous ProjectPro eNews, the Internet works
because of a system of rules called protocols. By following these protocols, computers can send information across the network to other computers. If there were no protocols, then there'd be no
guarantee that the information sent from one computer could be understood by another, or that it'd even reach the right destination.
As the Internet evolves, these protocols must also change. That means someone has to be in
charge of the rules. There are several organizations that oversee the Internet's infrastructure and protocols. They are:
- The Internet Society: A non-profit organization that develops Internet standards, policies and education.
- The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF): An international organization with an open
membership policy that has several working groups. Each working group concentrates on a specific topic, for example, Internet security. Collectively, these working groups try to
maintain the Internet's architecture and stability.
- The Internet Architecture Board (IAB): An IETF committee, the IAB's mission is to oversee
the design of Internet protocols and standards.
- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN): A private non-profit
corporation, ICANN manages the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS). ICANN is responsible for making sure that every domain name links to the correct IP address.
The Internet Society and IETF are open membership organizations. Both welcome the
participation and input of Internet experts. They shape the way the Internet works and evolves. Think of the Internet as a massive map. Every computer connected to the Internet is a location
with a physical address on that map. On the Internet, this address is a series of numbers called an IP address. It's not easy to remember a list of seemingly random numbers. Fortunately, the
people who created Internet protocols recognized this problem and came up with a solution: Domain names. A domain name uses words instead of numbers for Internet addresses.
ICANN is a private organization. The exclusive nature of ICANN concerns some people. They
argue that ICANN holds a lot of power over anyone who wants to register a domain name. ICANN makes money by accrediting vendors called registrars. These registrars then sell domain names
to consumers and businesses. If you want to register a specific domain name, ultimately ICANN decides if you can have it.
While none of these organizations own the Internet, they each influence how the Internet works.
The Internet has no central owner. While its structure remains carefully designed and maintained, the actual content on the Internet continues to be the untamed cyberspace we all know and love.
Kickstart Your Project with Crowdfunding
Securing funding for a cutting-edge project isn't as simple as walking down to the corner bank
-especially in today's economy.
Joseph Schlesinger, for example, thought he had a pretty solid project plan to design, develop
and mass-produce an inexpensive, easy-to-build robot. But he discovered coming up with the concept was just the beginning. To get the project off the ground, he needed US$13 000. It
wasn't a huge budget, so rather than navigate the complicated and often cut-throat world of venture capitalists, he turned to Kickstarter. Read more
ISO 21500: Guidance for Project Management is Published
In September 2012 the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) published a standard entitled ISO 21500: Guidance on Project
Management. ProjectPro’s Terry Deacon, a member of the Technical Committee developing ISO 21500, reports on the objectives and features of the published document. Read more
ISO Starts New Program and Portfolio Management Standards
After the successful launch of ISO 21500: Guidance on Project Management in September 2012,
the efforts of technical committees TC 258 around the world, now shift to developing standards for portfolio and program management.
Program (programme) management is the process of managing several related projects, often
with the intention of improving an organization's performance, by realising one or more strategic objectives. Read more
A South African team comprising the local ISO Technical Committee holds regular
meetings at the SABS in Pretoria to provide valuable input to the global initiative to develop Program and Portfolio Management standards.
Cost Engineering in Doha, Qatar
Terry Deacon, CEO of ProjectPro, was invited by Marcus Evans International to facilitate a 3-day Advanced Cost Engineering for Project Managers course in Doha,
Qatar. The course was held at the Millennium Hotel with 33 delegates coming from all over the Middle East.
Special Combo Offer for Program Managers
Program managers can obtain a PgMP credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI). This sought after credential
is the highest presently awarded by the PMI. ProjectPro offers an intense PgMP exam preparation workshop in Gauteng.
The 2-day PgMP workshop is sufficient preparation, provided candidates do the necessary study
after the workshop and have all the Project Management Professional (PMP) knowledge fresh in their minds when they sit for the PgMP exam. ProjectPro does not repeat all the PMP Project
Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) knowledge during the PgMP workshop.
If you would like to include a PMP PMBOK refresher course in your study plans ProjectPro offers a
discounted combo comprising a 2-day PgMP workshop and a PMP online eLearning course. The latter is discounted by 50% for this deal, and is only available for PgMP candidates. Try the PMP demo at www.projectpropm.com
Register now at www.projectpropm.com or email email@example.com for more details.
Project to recover $200m shipwreck treasure
The SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1941, taking its fabulous $200m gold
and silver cargo to a watery grave. Seventy years later, USA divers are planning to recover what may well be the biggest shipwreck treasure ever.
Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration confirmed the identity and location of the Gairsoppa
and cited official documents indicating the ship was carrying some 219 tons of silver coins and bullion when it sank in the North Atlantic ocean some 490km off the Irish coast.
The salvage team has accomplished the first phase of this project, the location and identification
of the shipwreck, and now they are planning for the recovery phase, said Odyssey senior project manager Andrew Craig. "Given the orientation and condition of the shipwreck, we are extremely
confident that our planned salvage operation will be well suited for the recovery of this cargo", he said.
After a tender process the British government awarded Odyssey an exclusive salvage contract
for the cargo, and under the agreement Odyssey will retain 80% of the treasure salvaged from the wreck.
The 125m Gairsoppa had been sailing from India back to Britain in February 1941, and was in a
convoy of ships when a storm hit. Running low on fuel, the Gairsoppa broke off from the convoy and set a course for Galway, Ireland. It never made it, succumbing to a German U-boat's
torpedo. Of the 85 people on board, only one survived. The Gairsoppa came to rest nearly 4 700m below the surface, making recovery quite a challenge. However, the shipwreck is sitting
upright, with the holds open and “easily” accessible using remotely operated vehicles.
Cape Town Stadium Cost Report Still Under Wraps
The cost of the Cape Town Stadium (previously known as the Green Point Stadium) which
exceeded its budget by a massive 175% is clearly proving to be an embarrassment to the city council.
The stadium was handed over in December 2009, but ProjectPro could not obtain a copy of the
final cost report, notwithstanding many emails and telephone calls to the relevant authorities and invoking the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA). Our application was refused on the
grounds that the project team is still in the process of collecting outstanding invoices from contractors and professional claims.
The latest communication from the council’s legal department informs ProjectPro that “The draft
2010 WC Close-Out Report was submitted to the Executive Management Team (EMT) meeting on 20 June when it was agreed it that it should be submitted to a the Strategic Mayoral/EMT meeting
scheduled to obtain guidance on the publication and dissemination of the report”.
ProjectPro will keep you informed. Related articles
Mentoring Role Reversal
Traditionally, mentoring has involved the most seasoned professionals offering best-practice advice to their junior
counterparts. But today, some organizations engage in reverse mentoring programs in which younger practitioners teach new tools and insights on process improvements to the veterans. Read More
Tips to Help You Lead Distributed Teams
Today, few projects are limited to the confines of an office. A project team could consist of members located across the world or
from multiple functional areas and offices within an organization. It could even be made up of members from different companies. Such dispersed teams allow project managers and organizations to use
the best talent no matter where it is found. Read More
The Built Environment is a Hostile Place
Civil wars in Africa, tornados in the USA, floods and run-away fires in Australia, earthquakes and
tsunamis in countries near the ring of fire are common occurrences these days. Constructing infrastructure in frigid sub-zero temperature or blistering 50oC heat wave is not for sissies. These
hostile environments are uncomfortable, risky and even life threatening for construction project managers to operate in. Read More
Tender Dispute Ends up in Court
South African courts seem to be bogged down with matters that should never end up in court.
Julius Malema, ANC Youth League President should find something to sing that does not cause offence, or sing what he likes, but in the privacy of his shower (Jacob Zuma will attest to the
benefits of a shower). Jackie Selebi, former head of the SA Police and Interpol should accept his fate gracefully and not play for time by appealing. Ditto to Mrs Sheryl Cwele, wife of the Minister
of State Security, convicted to 12 years in jail for drug dealing. There are many other instances of this wasteful practice. Read More
PMI’s New PDU Category Structure
The Project Management Institute (PMI) has introduced a new, simplified structure for their
Professional Development Units (PDUs) necessary for credential holders to maintain their certification. Research has shown that people did not fully understand the PDU categories and
how to appropriately report their PDUs using that structure, so it has been made more user-friendly to better serve the certification holders. Read More
Demand Is Growing for Agile Practices in Project Management
In last month’s ProjectPro eNews we looked at the history and principles of the Scrum or Agile project management
approach. This month we look at the new Project Management Institute (PMI) Agile certification programme as well as details of the Scrum role-players.
Organizations who use Agile techniques in managing projects have documented the value they
obtain from its use: Read more
Air France Wreck Found After 22 Months
After a frustrating 672-day search project, the illusive wreck of the ill-fated flight Air France flight AF 447 has
been found 4km below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
Few clues as to the destruction of flight AF447 are
evident from initial photographs of the wreckage, but discovery of the wreckage may provide reasons for the crash which killed all 228 people on board.
While the precise location has not been disclosed, the
wreck lies on a mid-Atlantic abyssal plain just north of the last confirmed position transmitted by the Airbus A330-200 before it disappeared en route to Paris on 1 June 2009.
AF447's debris was located about nine days after the specialised vessel Alucia arrived on 25
March 2011 to begin comprehensively mapping the ocean floor at depths exceeding 3 500m - the fourth dedicated mobilisation of resources aimed at finding the missing aircraft. Initial data
suggests the three previous searches only narrowly missed the crash site. The latest search focused on systematically scanning every unchecked region, beginning with a full sweep inside a
37km circle centred on the aircraft’s last known position.
France's investigation agency has identified structures including the wing, main landing-gear, and
the General Electric CF6 engines.
There was no indication that the search had located the rear fuselage. The flight recorders, or so
-called “Black Boxes”, crucial to understanding the accident sequence, are installed behind the rear pressure bulkhead.
Airbus and Air France co-funded the latest search project and confirmation of the recorders'
location will result in a fifth phase being launched to recover them
Launches Its Registered Project Professional (RPP)
New credentials for project managers are regularly popping up all over the world.
A new British designation designed to raise the standards of professional
project management, has been announced by the Association for Project Management (APM). Following the completion of the first pilot of the new APM Registered Project
Professional standard, 28 candidates were awarded with their certificates at a presentation in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, London. Read more
Bloodhound stays on the Scent of World Speed Record in RSA
Engineers designing the world’s fastest car believe they now have a solution to keep the vehicle
touching the ground.
Bloodhound SSC is being built to smash the world land speed record by topping 1,000mph. Initial
iterations of the car’s aerodynamic shape produced dangerous amounts of lift at the vehicle’s rear.
But the latest modelling work indicates the team has finally found a stable configuration. “At Mach
1.3, we’ve close to zero lift which is where we wanted to be,” John Piper, Bloodhound’s technical director, said.
By playing with the position and shape of key elements of the car’s rear end, the design team
has now found the best way to manage the shockwave passing around and under the vehicle as it goes supersonic.
To claim the record, Bloodhound will have to better the mark of 763 mph set by the Thrust
SuperSonic Car in 1997.
The team plan to mount their assault on the record in late 2011, driving across a dried up
lakebed known as Haksteen Pan, in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
The World’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters
Time Magazine has listed what they consider to be the top 10 worst environmental disasters in
the world prior to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When the BP saga is finally put to bed it will be interesting to see where it ranks in the top 10. Read More.
To Make an Ass out of You and Me
Whenever we make an assumption, we take a risk. What are the consequences if the assumption
is not reasonable and turns out to be untrue? We need to understand the critical role of stating and validating assumptions on projects.
The title of this article is a play on the word assume (ass-u-me). Making unreasonable
assumptions can lead to embarrassing situations. To assume blindly, arrogantly, without checking out and validating what we are holding to be ‘true’ for planning purposes is very likely to result in
you, or others looking ‘ass-like’ – like the supposedly unintelligent and stubborn animal from the horse family. Read More
Project Management in 2025
What is the future of project management? What changes can we expect and how should we plan for growth? Editors David I. Cleland (PhD, PMI Fellow), Bopaya Bidanda (PhD) and 39 experts from around the world share their insights in a new book entitled Project Management Circa 2025.
For decades, humans have pushed the boundaries of space exploration. The
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has sent more than 120 missions into space. Twelve astronauts have walked on the moon. And Voyager 1, launched three decades ago, continues to explore deeper and
deeper into space. Read more
What is Your Biggest Risk?
It should not be too hard to answer the question "What is the biggest risk in your project or
business?" Most of us know what keeps us awake at night, either worrying about what could go wrong (threats), or getting excited about possible improvements (opportunities). But how do we
decide which risk is the "biggest"? Is it just an intuitive feeling, or are there measurable parameters we can use? Read More
Contract Law III
What Does the Law Say?
ProjectPro is publishing a series of watershed court case findings that have important contract management implications. Read More
Benchmark Your Organisational PM Maturity
How does the management of your projects stack up against the world leaders? What are the
best practices that your organisation should implement to generate a stream of consistently successful projects? Read More
The purpose of a milestone schedule or chart is to communicate important project dates to
project sponsors, customers, functional managers and the outside world. Almost every project needs a milestone schedule. A milestone is defined as a significant achievement at a point in time. Read more
Project, Program or Portfolio Management?
The terminology used in project management can be confusing. Even project management has multiple meanings. In the past it was only associated with
projects, but two decades ago that began to change. Today the term project management is understood to include program management and portfolio management.
The distinction between a project, program and portfolio is generally not well
understood. However, it is important to know the difference because each has a special role to play. They need to be managed differently if the organisation’s strategy is to be successfully transformed into reality. Read more
ProjectPro Launched a Weblog
This weblog may be used to interact with Terry Deacon, ProjectPro's experienced PMP workshop
facilitator, or with others that are preparing to sit for their PMP® exam. Featured also is the e-News and e-Zine weblogs where you can respond and launch topics of interests.
To access the weblog on our website click here or at the bottom of the left hand sidebar, click the
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Enjoy our new Weblog!
“The buck stops here” said American president Harry Truman. In other words he was unequivocally saying, “I am accountable”
The responsible person is tasked to do a job, but the accountable person is
answerable (or in a negative sense, blameworthy) for the performance of the responsible party. One sometimes hears about being made “Primarily responsible”. To my mind this is the same as being accountable Read more
Elusive Concept of Project Success
Groups of project managers around the world are developing a new global standard for project
management for the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). Terry Deacon is part of the South African contributors who meet at the SABS headquarters in Pretoria. He would like to
invite our readers to respond with their comments on how project success should be defined. Read More
IceCube Telescope Below Polar Ice Cap
Looking to study some of the least-understood and most elusive particles in the universe, a team
led by the University of Wisconsin launched a project to construct a super-powered telescope. But unlike most telescopes, this one points downward and is buried deep within the ice at the bottom of the Earth. Read More
A Bleak Future for Civil Engineering
We are facing a potential disaster in the coming years. How can we as a developing country
afford to have young, and not so young and experienced engineers, made redundant because government cannot get its "ducks in a row"? With 50 years of experience in the consulting
industry in many parts of the world, which has given me great satisfaction, it saddens me that this experience is being denied to many young and enthusiastic new entrants. Read more
Construction Project Management at SARS?
Heads down and concentrating on their individual assignment. Fifteen South African Revenue
Services (SARS) employees are being prepared by ProjectPro in Pretoria for registration as Professional Construction Project Managers (Pr CPM) with the SA Council for Project and
Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP).
Some may question why SARS is involved in construction project management. Well, they have
19 projects presently under construction throughout South Africa. The projects range from refurbishments of existing office buildings to constructing new office facilities.
The 11-module Construction Project Management course, facilitated by ProjectPro over a period
of four months, will prepare delegates to pass the SACPCMP Test of Professional Competency and the Professional Interview. For more information contact Terry Deacon on 082 557 3119
The Value of a Checklist
A costly blunder forced Australia's Antarctic flagship MV Aurora Australis to make an unscheduled and
embarrasing return voyage to Hobart incurring an additional cost of over $500 000 after someone forgot to pack a vital piece of equipment.
A long, very large hose used to transport fuel hundreds
of metres from ship to shore at Macquarie Island, Antacrtica was left behind on the dock in Hobart. It wasn't until the specialist re-fuelling crew of about half a dozen
got settled on this Southern Ocean voyage that they realised it was missing. It was scheduled to off-load cargo at Macquarie Island and while that was happening it was supposed to supply fuel to the sub
-Antarctic station, home to about 40 expeditioners over summer.
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) passed the buck by releasing a statement saying it is
responsible for the logistical service but "the preparation and loading of cargo for the Aurora Australis is a process jointly managed by AAD, Capital P&O Logistics and P&O Polar. The
refuelling hose which was inadvertently left behind, was delivered to Macquarie Island some 40 days later.
The moral of the storyose was left on the dock. or the investigation and disciplining of the
engineers concerned is very simple: Use a checklist.
The Art of Program Management
Project management is both an art and a science - the art of project management being the “soft” aspects, the science being the “hard”.
Perhaps projects are more science than art. To complete a project
on deadline, the project manager compiles a network diagram and uses the critical path technique to calculate the activity float. This can be done manually but these days scheduling software makes
monitoring and controlling the activity progress a breeze. The science of time management is well understood. Read More
Blended E-learning and Experiational Programme (BEEP)
ProjectPro now offers the popular ProjectFlow® course as a Blended E-learning and Experiential P
rogramme (BEEP) Read more
Project Management for Engineers
Engineers from all over Africa descended on Nairobi, Kenya in June to attend the
Marcus Evans hosted Project Management for Engineers course. Course facilitator, Terry Deacon PMP, from ProjectPro shared his 35 years of experiences with
engineers from Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, Mozambique and of course, Kenya.