In a number of cases, difficulties have been encountered, delays have occurred and scope and cost increased which could have been anticipated, avoided, resolved or eliminated by following basic good practice in project management.
As examples from previous projects:
• Conductor removal programme experienced slippage which caused knock-on delays to the overall plan
• Scope and objectives of project were not fully appreciated at commencement so company procedures were not implemented until later in execution, causing confusion and repeat work
• Opportunities for scope reduction and schedule improvement were only appreciated and implemented late in the project after experienced discipline engineers were introduced into the team
• Agreements with third party operators were not in place before work commenced, leading to delays caused by required personnel not being available and misunderstanding of required preparation activities
• Significant requests for variation were submitted causing delay and increasing cost and risk due to inadequate scope preparation, loose contractual agreements and poor understanding of interfaces