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Project Management Best Practices

Jason VolzNebraska Department of RoadsConstruction Division

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Project Management Best Practices

Overview: Team of NDOR employees assemble in 2012 with two goals:

Develop a one-day conference to prepare new and potential Highway Project Manger for their roles and responsibilities.

Create a

reference manual that shares best practices and lessons learned by experienced

PMs

Deadline: Fall 2012

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Background: Why?

Construction Manual, Specifications, and other technical resources.

On the job experience, trial and errorExperienced PMs mentor new PMs

Traditionally, PMs learned the job several ways…

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Background: Experienced PMs

Great way for new PMs to learn, especially if they have a great mentor

But, it has some shortcomings:

Not every new PM has access to a good mentor

Doesn’t

address need for consistency across the

state

When PMs retire, they take knowledge with them

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How it Began: Prior to the Team

NDOR and AGC leaders met to discuss how we could work together to further develop leaders on both sides and facilitate more successful projects.

Both sides identified leadership traits.

The lists looked the same…

good communication, consistent, understanding, reasonableness, and the list went on…

Desire uniformity and established expectations: CONSISTENCY

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How it Began: PM Best Practices Team

Team Members:

Micky Jacobs,

District 2

Amy Starr,

Program

Management

Devin Townsend,

M&R

Drew Wilson,

District 7

Rachelle Van Cleave,

HR

Jason Volz,

Construction

Doug Hoevet,

District 5

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How it Began: Brainstorming

Hosted Brainstorming sessions with PM Advisory

Board PM Advisory Board made up of most experienced PMs from each District

PM Advisory Board:

Average

38

years

at NDOR

and

17 years

as a PM

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PM Best Practices: Reference Manual

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PM Reference Guide - Overview

Introduction

:

What Project Management means.

Section

1

:

Pre-Construction

Section 2

:

Active Project

Section 3

:

Post-Construction

Appendices

Each Main Section is divided into 3 parts:

Administration

Field Operations

Materials Management

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PM Reference Guide

Formatted as a checklist with Best Practice tips and Examples.

Examples are Actual Examples from Real Projects.

Best practice tips came directly from our group of expert advisors.

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PM Reference

Guide: Introduction

Discusses the Role and Responsibility of a Project Manager.

Discusses the importance of communication relating to projects.

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PM Reference Guide : Section 1

Preconstruction

Administration: Organizing and holding a pre-construction conference, reviewing the project, correspondence

Field Operations: Coordinating survey work, notifying the public

Materials Management: Distribute Materials Required Document List (MRDL), Confirm required qualifications and certifications.

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PM Reference Guide : Section 2

Active Construction

Administrative: Contract management,

r

ecord Keeping

Field Operations: Verify traffic control plan (and what to do in case of an accident), Verify the project is being constructed properly, measured correctly and paid promptly.

Materials Management: Verify the necessary samples are taken and are compliant.

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PM Reference Guide : Section 3

Post Construction

Administration: Verify calculations, quantities, etc. in accordance with the Final Review Manual.

Field Operations: Observation periods, punch list, project handoff.

Material Management: Provide any remaining material documentation.

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PM Reference Guide : Appendices

OUR GOAL WAS TO MAKE A USER FRIENDLY AND LIVING DOCUMENT TO BE USED EVERYDAY

Examples include:

Letters and other correspondence.

Completed DR Forms (Work orders, Force Account statements)

Useful Forms, Memos, Meeting agendas, etc.

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PM Reference Guide : Appendices

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Best Practice Exchange

November 8, 2012, NDOR hosted a PM Best Practice Exchange for including newer PMs and potential PMs

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Best Practice Exchange

Overview of the Reference Guide

Communication

Project Level Contract Administration

Field Operation

Materials Management

Project and Contract Closeout

HR- Highlights of Available Training

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Project Manager Resource website

PDF ManualTraining LinksVideo LinksReference Linkswww.dor.state.ne.us/project-managers/

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PM Best Practices: 2013

Hosted 2 additional brainstorming sessions with a new group of PMs

Updated and expanded the manual

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PM Best Practices 2014 and Beyond

Host another Best Practices Exchange in the Fall of 2014

Update the appendix with the most current letters and examples

Update the manual as policies, best practices and requirements warrant.

Provide fresh content for the PM Resource website

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www.dor.state.ne.us/project-managers/

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