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Why are Government Organisations Often Poor at Project Delivery?

Why are Government Organisations Often Poor at Project Delivery?

Why are government organisations (national, state, city, town and state-run enterprises) often poor at project delivery? Paul Netscher, a construction management consultant and writer with 30 years of construction management experience, writes about project delivery faults. »

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.” ̵... »