For many Program, Project, or Construction Managers, a complex project seems to be a labyrinth filled with many hidden dangers and unknown risks. This book is the navigational tool for this complex labyrinth. It is done through provision of best practices and insights using a systems approach so they can not only identify these hidden dangers but also effectively manage the construction process to either mitigate or eliminate these risks. This systems approach is comprised of three systems, that are the following:
Project Management System
Work Management System
Quality Management System
The reason for this approach is that many project managers are only equipped with project management knowledge, which does not work effectively, or in some cases fails, when it comes to complex programs or projects. Each of these systems, in construction, is actually a collection of many process effectively working together to produce a specific deliverable as defined by the project’s or program’s contract. Each system has a series of specific inputs and outputs, that both the customer and EPC company’s management expect from the Project or Program Manager over the life of the complex project. This book develops a checklist from each system’s inputs and outputs, which each manager can use when first arriving onsite or starting a project and provides a “nuts and bolts” approach for managing a complex construction project.
In addition to this checklist for each system, the author brings valuable lessons into the book for the reader, which have been gained in the field from working over thirty years on various construction sites around the world. These lessons serve to assist the reader in becoming more effective as a program, project or construction manager of complex construction project.
About the speaker
John K. Briesemeister's book, "Managing Complex Construction Projects: A Systems Approach" was recently published and is available on Amazon.com. John is a Vietnam Veteran and a licensed Project Manager Professional since 2007, who began his construction experience as a Site Senior Mechanical Engineer on a large nuclear construction project upon graduation from the University of Minnesota in June 1981.
He has continued working in the power industry as an Engineer, Construction Manager, Site Manager, and Project Manager since the mid-1980s, and he expanded his academic education to include a MBA in 1994, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) in 2003, and a Master’s degree in Project Management (MSPM) in 2015.
This speaker has successfully worked in the field on various large, complex construction projects for the past thirty years and last year, 2016, was awarded the 2016 Donald S. Barrie Award in Construction Management at the PMI® Global Congress 2016—North America in San Diego, California, from the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) for a paper he wrote and submitted, which was entitled, “Construction Execution Plan Alignment for Successful Construction Projects.”