Make Sure Team Members Know What Their Assignments Are

One of the basic responsibilities of the project manager is to assign work to team members. However, some project managers are not always clear on the work to be done and the person that is responsible. This causes uncertainty in the team and can result in some activities running late. [Read more…]

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Take care when taking over

by Steven Hunt

I sense that, for many contractors, ‘taking over’ is seen as the moment when the proverbial foot can come off the gas – the time when the contractor is finally relieved of the burden of delivering the project.For a contractor the process of taking over is an important one as the care of the works will pass to the employer and the employer’s entitlement to recover liquidated damages will cease. It is not, however, the end of the story for the contractor as he will remain liable for defective workmanship and materials beyond handover. [Read more…]

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Governing actions

by Dennis Brand

In the construction and engineering sectors, while a proportion of contracts are prepared on a bespoke basis, the majority are based on an industry standard form. [Read more…]

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Successful Project Management

 by Michael Stanleigh
 
Successful Project Management is one of the the key organizational strategies to saving money and satisfying customers in troubled economic times. [Read more…]

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The Basic Concepts of Earned Value

In any project, the value to be gained is based on completing the work. From a customer perspective, the business value is achieved when the project is completed. If a project gets canceled 90% through completion, the business value might be zero.

However, earned value looks at this differently. With earned value, you are earning the value of the project on an incremental scale as the project is executing. When 50% of the work is completed, you could say that 50% of the value of the project has been realized as well. [Read more…]

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Don’t “Shoot the Messenger” that Brings Bad News

You have all heard this saying (or something similar). It means that you should not take retribution against the person (or people) that deliver bad news. If you ask people for a status, accept the good and the bad for what it is – information for you to make better decisions.If you want people to tell you when there are problems, you need to accept the information and work with the team on causes and solutions (hopefully the team member is proposing solutions along with the problem). [Read more…]

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Risk Management…the What, Why, and How

by Michael Stanleigh 
 
Risk Management is the process of identifying, analyzing and responding to risk factors throughout the life of a project and in the best interests of its objectives. Proper risk management implies control of possible future events and is proactive rather than reactive.  [Read more…]

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Management skills that make or break projects

by Husain Al Omani
 
In Saudi Arabia, job opportunities for project managers are everywhere if you know where to look. [Read more…]

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Contract variations

By Dennis Brand

A contract can be varied in one or two ways: either by a variation to the contract terms or the scope of works. The latter is the one that most of us will think of when the term variation is used. [Read more…]

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The management skills that can save your home

By Alice Haine

The DIFC has opened a creche to help working parents feel reassured their little darlings are safe nearby. It’s fantastic news and shows that corporate environments are taking the right steps towards helping employees cope with the stressful demands of juggling a work and home life. [Read more…]

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