project management

Lean, Sustainability & Projects

Lean, Sustainability & Projects

Modern projects of all kinds face innumerable challenges due to increasing scale, complexity, and stakeholder numbers. Failure rates, particularly for industrial and construction projects, have been on the order of 50-70% due to missed milestones, cost overruns, poor quality and dissatisfied customers or high-influencing stakeholders.

If we are a little more proactive, with early engagement with stakeholders, application of Lean processes, and the integration of Sustainability aspects, we can avoid many of these issues.

Are Your Expectations Clear?

Are Your Expectations Clear?

Have you ever had a situation where your expectations were not met? Where, clearly, the person you were engaged with was on a different wavelength regarding the expected outcomes?

Well, this is a story where it seems that lines got crossed in conveying information from one party to the next, a story where too many assumptions were made. The end result?

Wasted time. Money for nothing.

In Defence of a Silo

In Defence of a Silo

About a month ago, you may have read a couple articles I posted that reviewed opinions on why projects fail - these were the result of some online research and a number of interviews I held late last year. At the end of my post, I asked your opinion - did you agree, disagree, and if so, what did you think were primary reasons?

There were some great responses, where some were in agreement to the findings, and others offered more in-depth and technically specific reasons, from their perspective. Many of these factors revolved around poor geological or mineralogical understanding and interpretation. Many suggested poor process design, and yet others named social pressures and objections. There were more than a few references to interdependent and complex issues. It was great engagement, and I appreciate your input!

To kick this article off, I'm digging into the accused geologic aspect a little more, because it is our primary starting point of a mine anyways, but more particularly because I've recently read a number of articles that have pointed the finger solely at resource and reserve estimations as the cause of failure of many mine development projects.

However, what you will find in my arguments, suggests that there may be more going on to consider, when it comes to failure.

The Urgency for Industrial Project Delivery to Evolve

The Urgency for Industrial Project Delivery to Evolve

How often have you been approached by social or environment-minded folks about integrating sustainability into your projects, designs and systems? 

Never? Only on particular projects? More and more? Or all the time? 

If you were asked to do this, would you know where to start? 

Would you understand how to educate and gain the most traction with your teams?

This article highlights the necessity of making positive changes to our PMO guidance, and to integrating sustainability into our design and project management practices.