Online conference on Success in Mega Projects 29th of October 2020
- Learn and rethink with experienced practitioners and academics.
About Jamal Assad:
Some project managers and companies succeed in carrying out complex mega-projects successfully, that is, they manage to consistently bring their projects to completion on time, budget and to the satisfaction of core stakeholders, in short and long-term. We want to learn from those projects!
At this conference, we foster a dialogue between practice and academia, and as such we explore the cutting-edge knowledge on Project Success and its application in practice. Here, an acclimated researcher will explore what it takes to make projects successful and you will learn from experienced and highly competent practitioners how they succeed.
The topic is presented by Kristian Kreiner, Professor at Centre for Advanced Studies on Project Management at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Assad Jamal, COWI
The format of the event is a talk by Kristian Kreiner followed by a talk by Assad Jamal, and then a moderated debate between the two.
According to Bent Flyvbjerg, despite the increasing number of larger and more complex projects, 9 out of 10 projects still exceed the planned costs by an average of 28 percent - and do not meet the original schedule. ‘Success rates’ have been consistent poor in the last decades and indicate a failure in learning to become better at completing projects on time and budget. This is frustrating, particularly in light of the blooming research and increased number and professionalization of project managers. Flyvbjerg therefore fundamentally criticizes our ability to forecast project budget and results. He argues that we either deceive others, that is we strategically misrepresent costs and budget in order to get project approved, or, we are delusional, that is, our optimism bias makes us, as humans, unable to produce realistic forecasts.
Kristian Kreiner, who will be talking at our event, claims that we are often looking for success in the wrong places. His view on Projects and Success challenges us to look beyond the triple constraints of planned costs, time and quality. Instead, Prof. Kreiner studied projects that succeeded in creating value and satisfaction in spite of being failures in the conventional sense. Such experiences challenge project managers to act courageously, intelligently and competently when facing problems that cannot be solved by enforcing plans, contracts, and conventional managerial authority. When operating in turbulent environments and when facing futures that are unknown, conventional project management practices may aggravate rather than solve the observed performance problems in projects.
the academic view on the topic is Assad Jamal, who will be presenting his
experience and knowledge from mega infrastructure projects. Jamal comes from
COWI A/S, Bridges International, which is part of the business unit Transportation
Bridges International has successfully carried out many mega projects internationally working on all continents and with vision, value proposition and creativity adapting to complexity and managing multiple disciplines and stakeholders from public clients (owners), contactors, suppliers, authorities etc.
The presentation by Jamal Assad, will take starting point in two international mega projects:
- Hålogaland suspension bridge, Norway. COWI role: Designer, Client : Bridge owner, Statens vegvesen (Norwegian Public Roads Administration). The construction was carried out by the main contractors SRBG (from China (Steel work) and NCC (Concrete Works). The project is a reference example of complex interfaces, multidiscipline and 'East meeting West' with both the opportunity/challenge to control and unify the different working cultures and mindset
- Shenzhong link, China, COWI role: Concept Design for the International Design Competition, Technical consultancy and design review. The keywords suggested by the Owner for the design competition were: World-class, Outstanding aesthetic features, Harmony, Technical excellence, International experience. These key pointers were used in the competition to design a new Pearl River crossing in southern China which is a mega project. The link, connecting the booming cities of Shenzhen and Zhongshan in the Guangdong province, will be 24 kilometres long and consists of two artificial islands, two navigation bridges and the world’s widest immersed tunnel. This mega project is a huge complex challenge of managing multidisciplines and working in China within the framework of providing value in line with the Chinese process and culture and bringing in know-how from International projects.
Jamal Assad is chief project manager and deputy vice president in Bridges International with close to 20 Years of experience working international on mega bridge projects. Interested in multidisciplinary international projects with attention on cultural flexibility and global mindset. How can we work successfully in a global divers dynamic marked? Jamal's key focus point is to create a creative and dynamic work environment and integrate the different mindsets in order to execute the projects successfully.
About Kristian Kreiner:
Professor emeritus. Centre for Advanced Studies on Project Management at CBS. Interested in organization, order, efficiency, collaboration, coordination, choice etc. as variegated effects of historical, social processes.
And in what people learn from experience, and what might rationally be learnt. What cannot be learnt, but which is often falsely learnt, is how to manage organization, how to design projects, how to make the right decisions, etc.
Time and location
The conference is online and will take place on Thursday 29th October at 14.30-17
Kl. 14.30 – 14.40 Welcome by Peter Leth, IDA
Kl. 14:45 – 15:25 Reflections on success in projects: professor Kristian Kreiner
Kl. 15.30 – 16.10 Presentation of a successful mega-project: Assad Jamal
Kl. 16.10 – 16.20 Short break
Kl. 16.20 – 16.40 Facilitated dialogue between the two speakers about what we can do to become even better at leading projects
Kl. 16.40 – 16.50 Summary, completion and thanks for today by Peter Leth, IDA
Registration procedure for the webinar:
Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation e-mail. At the bottom of this mail you will find a link to the webinar. You log in through this link and are forwarded to the site where the webinar is shown.