January 31, 2020

Three ways to navigate and improve delivery of major projects

Major projects and particularly community engagement and stakeholder management can feel just like a downhill track – smooth then suddenly rough, obscured corners, hidden obstacles, jumps, steep sections you’re not sure how to tackle and the knowledge that one mistake can send you head over your handlebars.
January 31, 2020

Seven tips for achieving positive community development

Community investment is added-value investment, don’t confuse it with a project's obligation to mitigate or compensate local communities for environmental and social impacts caused by the project. These issues need to be addressed separately. Nevertheless, the two are interrelated components of a holistic approach for managing community relationships on a project.
January 31, 2020

The art of efficiency is communication

You’ve worked on a project for months. So far, you’ve hit every deadline and you’re within budget. You’re at the last milestone, ready to finish. Surprise! There’s an unforeseen delay, costing you time and money you can’t afford to lose!
January 31, 2020

How storytelling in project planning can get you a happy project ending

We're not suggesting it's that easy. But the power of storytelling throughout project planning (and every phase of the project) should not be taken lightly. As a project manager, your communication skills are of paramount importance. Telling stories is an extension of those skills – using examples of previous experiences, of lessons learnt, of wisdom gleaned from working in the industry. Telling stories in the planning phase can help to overcome stakeholder differences, to bond a team together, to arrive at successful solutions and develop long, mutually beneficial relationships. And hopefully, lead you to a happy project ending.
January 31, 2020

The human side of oil and gas

The oil and gas industry has had a varied relationship with stakeholders in the past, and that means winning hearts and minds has become key to projects having the best chance of success. How can the industry meet this challenge?
January 31, 2020

Four ways to engage teams and inspire ownership in delivery outcomes

Creating exceptional teams who deliver exceptional projects is as simple -– and as challenging – as inspiring ownership. Ownership of strategy. Ownership of outcomes.
November 11, 2019

Four basic tools to set up project communications and engagement for success

Traditionally considered a ‘soft’ expense in project delivery, there can be a misconception that communications and engagement in big infrastructure amount to door-knocking and party planning. Those of us who do it day-in and -out know it requires strategy, planning, tools and adherence to an often-onerous client contract.
August 28, 2019

Great expectations and how to manage them

For most infrastructure projects, the government is the client or major project sponsor. The government will set the stakeholder expectations, including everything from when and where it would like to receive information, to how projects should be positioned relevant to them.
July 2, 2019

Benefits of creating a culture of innovation champions

People think that innovation has to be something big and technology-driven, it needs to be really disruptive. For me, innovation is just continuously improving and trying to do things faster. So that doesn’t need to be anything ground-breaking, it just actually could be de-hassling someone or helping get the best out of that person’s skills.