Mega Projects

Mega projects may have a different set of rules and guidelines from those of smaller projects. For example, in large projects:

• Vast numbers of people may be required, often for short or intense periods of time.

• Continuous organizational restructuring may be necessary as each project goes through a different life-cycle phase.

• The matrix and project organizational form may be used interchangeably.

• The following elements are critical for success.

• Training in project management

• Rules and procedures clearly defined

• Communications at all levels

• Quality front-end planning

Many companies dream of winning mega project contracts only to find disaster rather than a pot of gold. The difficulty in managing mega projects stems mainly from resource restraints:

• Lack of available on-site workers (or local labor forces)

• Lack of skilled workers

• Lack of properly trained on-site supervision

• Lack of raw materials

As a result of such problems, the company immediately assigns its best employees to the mega project, thus creating severe risks for the smaller projects, many of which could lead to substantial follow-on business. Overtime is usually required, on a prolonged basis, and this results in lower efficiency and unhappy employees.

As the project schedule slips, management hires additional home-office personnel to support the project. By the time that the project is finished, the total organization is overstaffed, many smaller customers have taken their business elsewhere, and the company finds itself in the position of needing another mega project in order to survive and support the existing staff.

Mega projects are not always as glorious as people think they are. Organizational stability, accompanied by a moderate growth rate, may be more important than quantum steps to mega projects. The lesson here is that mega projects should be left to those companies that have the facilities, expertise, resources, and management know-how to handle the situation.

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Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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