As projects have steadily become larger, more complex, and of longer duration, the challenge presented to project managers has never been greater. The long history of staggering cost overruns and delays in completion offers little assurance that the cost estimates and schedules presented to project executives can be relied upon.
This course is designed for project executives, directors, managers, and project managers who are involved directly or indirectly in managing projects. This course analyzes current industry practices and introduces some value-improving practices to enhance the delivery of complex construction projects.
The instructor will discuss the findings from latest industry research and case studies and will discuss ways to improve project decision-making, the management of construction and associated risks. Fresh thinking will be introduced, and some long-held ideas of best practice will be challenged to open the door to a different way of thinking to enhance project predictability.
- Understand project key success factors;
- Challenge some long-held ideas and best practices;
- Change focus from project level to the executive level; and
- Enable Project Managers to deliver their projects more effectively and efficiently.
The agenda may include discussions around:
- Why cost overrun on major capital projects? And what can we do about it?
- Early warning signs.
- Key success factors for major capital projects.
- Overview of project gated processes: its application, advantages, and disadvantages.
- Re-defining project risks, cost estimating overview, classifications, contingencies, and confidence.
- Project Governance and the role of the Leadership role of the Project Manager.
- The Planes of Decision Process and interface management.
- Contractual arrangements.
- Fast tracking projects: Key Success Factors.
Upon completing this seminar, participants will be able to:
- Improve their understanding of the project delivery system;
- Explain their leadership role in supporting the project management team;
- Deal with strategic and contextual risks; and
- Enhance the predictability of project performance.
- "Best presenter I've seen period."
- "Dr. Jergeas is an excellent presenter. He kept it interesting and engaging. I will definitely look to attend future courses by him."
- "Excellent real case from industry discussed with interactive attendees. Questions and answers time were priceless. Relatable and hands on experience shared."
- "Absolutely value adds course to take. Very owner emphasized for the best interest of owner."
- "George was very passionate and really knows his stuff."
- "Dr. Jergeas is an excellent presenter. Very informative and enjoyable. A lot of material to consider in two days."
- “Great presenter! Engaging, relevant examples, very knowledgeable.”
Chair, iProjects Inc.
Dr. George Jergeas is a Civil Engineer with an M.Sc. and PhD in Construction Management from Loughborough University, UK with over 45 years of industry and academic experience. He served as a Professor of Project Management at the University of Calgary from 1994–2020.
George has a strong passion in increasing the efficiency and competency of teams delivering major engineering and construction projects. His expertise includes, project governance, assurance and readiness, risk management, project execution planning, contract strategies, partnering and collaborative relationships, claims and disputes with focus on dispute resolution, and project management training and coaching. George’s partnering methodology has been successfully implemented on over 180 projects across North America.
George has delivered project management training, leadership coaching, and consulting services to professional associations and companies across North America, Asia, and Europe. George is also the author of 3 books, a chapter in a 4th book, and over 100 articles and publications.
His books are:
- "Risk Navigation Strategies for Major Capital Projects: Beyond the Myth of Predictability", Springer, 2011
- "Benevolent Dictatorship for Major Capital Projects", LearnAcademy, 2017, Amazon.ca
- "Project Risk and Opportunity Management, The Owner’s Perspective", Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
- "Evolving Toolbox for Complex Project Management", Taylor & Francis Group, November 2019 – The Legal Issues chapter