There are 12 known factors that can negatively impact your project delivery. Even one of these factors can cause project delays and cost increases. The interaction of several of these factors can mean the collapse of a project.
I believe that organizations and project managers that succeed in manifesting diversity as an integral part of their project management ecosystem – for example, by providing employee trainings that clarify the importance and value of diversity, by offering flexibility and freedom for everyone to perform and develop, or by listening to employee feedback to understand their needs – benefit greatly from diversity in project management.
It was with great interest that I read last week's PwC report, based on a global survey by PwC and PMI. The report explores what project managers and executives in the Middle East can learn from the top 10% in global project management to improve their own performance.
First, you need to measure the environmental impact of your project and the greenhouse gases associated with delivering it. Second, you can make changes to the design and plan of the project by reducing energy use or implementing a recycling policy. Third, offset or neutralize residual carbon footprint by implementing eco-friendly activities or supporting CSR projects.
Therefore, my motto is: “Listen actively. Try to learn something from each person you meet. Construction workers need to be heard just as much as any other project stakeholders. And listening to what they have to say can be more than an eye-opening experience – it often means progress, innovation, and successful project delivery."
In contrast our experience shows that it will take more than that: far-reaching restructuring measures in many places, competence and experience and investment in digitalization based on a holistic project understanding.
Working for international projects is exciting and rewarding. At the same time moving abroad is a challenging and overwhelming experience. The good news: "Good preparation is half the battle." Here my 4 challenges.