Project Management Thread - Page 2
Some are hired on contract for the project. Some are full time employees that are part of a Programme Management Office (PMO) .....you finnish 1 project and they throw you onto the next one on the list (the list is a programme of work).
Managing client relationships takes a lifetime to learn.
Amazing how bad some of them are. Manager at my current client mentioned recently that a certain solution proivider's PM must have a social disorder, specifically Asperger's Syndrome. Guess that one isn't working.
Seems that if you can distance yourself from the small matters, and negotiate realistic delivery timeframes up front, you're on the track to being a decent PM.
Meeting Minutes - nuf said
anyone here have a PMP cert? Im looking at doing my CAPM next few months (been elegible for a while)
what kind of a project costs a bil dollars? I've worked on some very large ones but 100 mil is big in my book
the worse PM is one that tries to manage a process he does not understand better than the people executing it or paying for it, subcontractors, suppliers, regulatory agencies, etc....you will be walked all over
in engineering this is particularly critical...an engineer that does not like engineering will not succeed in the engineering field
whose decision was it for you to move from engineering the PM? yours or managements?
to get into PM in your field get your PE (in canada they call them something else)
take grad classes in business and PM, there are certifications available in PM, not sure how much they are worth though
On this note, I've got a question. I'm a young engineer working with a very large EPCM company (Engineering Procurement Construction Management). I've worked for about a year in a technical engineering role, and have now made a shift to Project Controls. Essentially for the capacity of these projects (~ $1 billion dollars) they require an entire team to assist the Project Manager, which is the Project Controls team. Unlike most engineers I have very well developed interpersonal skills and have always envisioned myself in a client communications/sales role. I've never enjoyed the technical aspect of engineering, and feel like my skills would be better utilized in a different facet, more so towards business logistics. What should my next step be to get to a PM role? MBA or CFA? Or should I focus on getting back to an engineering position for a while to develop a better technical foundation. I went to a pretty prestigious and competitive University and being in a faculty I never really enjoyed resulted in me having a sub-par GPA (2.7). I'm worried about being unable to get into any good MBA schools because of this, despite how I perform on the GMAT. Should I consider taking classes to boost my GPA? Or just try to score really high on the GMAT? Sorry OP, didn't mean to hi-jack this thread, just thought my question would fit well in here rather than making a new thread. edit: My apologies, had posted this in here before seeing the MBA thread.
Other than: dam's, military projects (and only then its submarines, aircraft carriers or attack ships; technically a 'new' b-2 would cost $1.01 Billion), spacecraft, and the international space station, cross-country pipelines, and nuclear power-plants, what else costs a billion dollars?
10 most expensive
I've done PM on some large projects (AK pipeline, Mon-fayette expressway, Imclone faciltites, both pilot & production, pfizer/groton/viagra facility, among others) usually the electrical construction, and 20-50 mil under one guy is a lot of fiscal responsibility....
the new One World Trade Center is ~4 bil, but bil projects are generall far and few between
Shell is looking at a 3 bil investment in my area and I want a piece of that work