Broader Requirements for Resource and Energy Projects?

Broader Requirements for Resource and Energy Projects?

Over the past year, there has been a concentrated focus within the project management world on the topic of requirements management - because studies have shown that inappropriate requirements is the leading cause of project failure.  

New guidance has been developed and can be found on the PMI website, however there are a few categories of requirements not discussed that should be considered when it comes to projects within the natural resources and energy sectors.  Some may also apply to large-scale linear and municipal infrastructure where numerous community stakeholders could have an impact on the outcomes of environmental assessment approvals.

This article discusses the consideration of said requirements, the associated risks and opportunities, and a compelling case for the reasoning provided.

Sustainably sourced metals?

Sustainably sourced metals?

I've always held the belief that mining is really a large-scale exercise in waste management (with the added benefit of gaining value from the ore being extracted!)...as natural ore deposits diminish in concentrations and we are having to dig deeper and deeper to access natural ore bodies, will we find a flipping point where recovery from man-made waste streams will become more economical than extracting from the earth?  

I think so, and it will come sooner than we think! 

Stakeholders or Clients?

Stakeholders or Clients?

When determining the requirements and the risks associated with your project, how do you regard and engage with each of the stakeholders you identify? How seriously are you treating the risks and concerns they raise?  I'd like to convince you that the way you think about and treat those stakeholders, and the value you place on their inputs, can have a significant impact on the outcomes of your project.

Don't just keep doing things the same way, step outside the box...

Why Sustainability is Critical for your Project

Why Sustainability is Critical for your Project

So you have your next big project - to plan, to design, and/or to manage. What are your first thoughts in relation to?

Scope? Constraints? Risks? Stakeholders?

Methodology? Technology?

Would you agree if I suggested that sustainability could tie into any and all of those areas, no matter what industry you are in? Both as a driver (aka, requirement) and as an opportunity (cost savings, schedule optimization, environmental performance improvement)?

Integration for your project's success

Integration for your project's success

Have you ever worked on a project where it seems the project design team just can't understand the requirements set out by the environmental assessment (EA) team? And on the flip side, the EA team doesn't understand (or maybe care) that their requests will impact the project schedule and cost, or that it's too late in the process to change something they are suggesting?