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When Projects Go Wrong

When Projects Go Wrong

A project is a unique undertaking that is full of risk and uncertainty because it has never been done before in that exact way. Project management, as a discipline, is a response to this ambiguity. It is a way to control the unknown. Just consider the most important techniques we use as project managers: we define scope, analyse requirements, plan and estimate work, add contingency, manage risks, ... »

A Professional’s Worst Nightmare

A Professional’s Worst Nightmare

Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes. As a graduate trainee, you hardly do much in the beginning. It goes on for at least the first half of the year. For some people, it goes on for years, and it’s very frustrating. I have friends who text me telling me how frustrated they are because they aren’t doing much and there is so much they can to do.  I had the same experience last year, so I now have an autopil... »

The dark cloud over the Construction Industry

The dark cloud over the Construction Industry

It is strongly perceived that the construction industry is a dangerous industry to get involved in due to the working environment. So often the issues raised range from safety, gender inequalities and corruption, to a political divide that is said to still exist between organisations in this industry. »

The construction sector and human rights are inseparable

The construction sector and human rights are inseparable

“My life here is like a prison. The work is difficult; we worked for many hours without rest in the hot sun. When I first complained about my situation, soon after arriving in Qatar, the manager said ‘if you complain you can, but there will be consequences. If you want to stay in Qatar be quiet and keep working’. Now I am forced to stay in Qatar and continue working.” ̵... »

My Experience with Business Forums – Part 2

My Experience with Business Forums – Part 2

The Hard Hat Professional has recently asked our community members to share their views on the hot topic of ‘business forums’ and their impact on construction projects around the country. In this post, Mulalo F Ratshisuka, Project Control Manager at Redis Construction, shares his experience in dealing with business forums. »

Why do we see a trend in businesses forums? 

Why do we see a trend in businesses forums? 

Entrepreneurs convene through business forums to exchange ideas and views. They seek to protect the interests of its members in obedience to the law.   »

Business Forums vs Contractors

Business Forums vs Contractors

In the last few years, there has been a growing trend affecting various construction projects but mainly projects linked to service delivery. Local community small to medium enterprises have come together under the banner of Local Business Forums and wanted to participate in the project as a contribution of around 30% of the projects works. This figure of 30% comes from Preferential Procurement Re... »

My Experience with Business Forums in the Construction Industry

My Experience with Business Forums in the Construction Industry

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The Inclusion of Students in Construction Industry Conversations

The Inclusion of Students in Construction Industry Conversations

 Something to be Considered in the Construction Industry   For an industry perceived to have no future because of its volatile nature, the construction industry needs to do more towards securing its future, and that includes giving special attention to the people more likely to witness that future: students.   Every year students are side-lined or excluded and deprived of having a voice about issu... »

The 4 Pillars of Partnership in Construction

The 4 Pillars of Partnership in Construction

Imagine standing on the edge of a river alongside nine unknown people. Together you must build a bridge that will carry you all safely across the river. Any mediocre team builder with just medium self-respect loves to pull people into nature and ask them to build something, so maybe you have even tried it? You and your newfound friends set off to do it, and perhaps you even succeed with limited ex... »