Event Title

PDH/CEU/FBPE Session #4 - Successful Projects and Programs: Defining, Measuring, and Challenges

Location

Bermuda Room

Start Date

25-5-2016 7:30 AM

End Date

25-5-2016 8:30 AM

Description

What is project success? How do we measure it? Is it the same for all project participants? What are the steps or measures we can take to improve our chances for success? How much does success depend on luck?

Most construction management professionals focus on “Did I finish the project on/under budget?” and “Did I finish the project on/ahead of schedule?” only. In reality, even though these questions are important, there is more for project success than just cost and time.

There are many questions we must ask ourselves before and after each construction project. Project success comes only from successful planning and execution. It starts with defining the goal, creating a detailed plan for execution, and then monitoring the execution.

This presentation may not answer all questions, but –at least- it will raise awareness about this important topic.

Be Successful... Be Happy

How do we define success and happiness? Do they just happen to us or we create them? Are they correlated? How do we measure them?

Success and happiness mean different things to different people but many are missing the most important thing: life balance. Some people achieve success in one facet of life at the expense of other which leaves a serious unbalance in their lives that leads to unhappy life.

Success and happiness are not measured on a binary scale; yes or no. They are rather measured a wide grey scale.

In this presentation, we’ll go over all kind of definitions for success and happiness and how to measure then. We’ll also go over the factors that influence success and happiness and the correlation between them. This presentation in not technical; but there will be some examples from engineering and construction.

Top Three Takeaways

This presentation is worth 1 PDH (FBPE-eligible) credential renewal.

Biographies

Saleh A. Mubarak

- Independent consultant, author, public speaker, and trainer.

- B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in civil engineering, specialized in Construction Management.

- Experience: Over 26 years diversified:

  • Industrial (14 years): private and public sector, in the U.S. and overseas. Positions occupied include project engineer / manager, cost estimator, planner / scheduler, project controls manager, cost manager, training manager.
  • Academic (12 years full-time + 8 years part-time): faculty member / professor, head of department. Taught and created many courses; mostly in the general area of construction project management such as project planning, scheduling, and controls; and cost estimating. Conducted research and published / presented many papers. Also, served on numerous committees and performed a variety community service.

- Extensive experience in continuing education and professional training around the world. Topics are mainly technical but also include many soft skills seminars.

- Numerous presentations in professional conferences such as PMI-College of Scheduling, PMI, AACE International, Primavera Users Conference. Also, a public speaker in many local, regional, and international events.

- An authority on project planning, scheduling, and project control; was part of the PMI team that wrote the first Project Scheduling certification exam in 2007.

- Author of:

  • Construction Project Scheduling and Control (currently 3rd edition)
  • How to Estimate with Means Data: Basic Skills for Building Construction (currently 4th edition)
  • Many articles; technical and other

- An advocate of holistic healthy living and sports.

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PDH/CEU/FBPE Session #4 - Successful Projects and Programs: Defining, Measuring, and Challenges

Bermuda Room

What is project success? How do we measure it? Is it the same for all project participants? What are the steps or measures we can take to improve our chances for success? How much does success depend on luck?

Most construction management professionals focus on “Did I finish the project on/under budget?” and “Did I finish the project on/ahead of schedule?” only. In reality, even though these questions are important, there is more for project success than just cost and time.

There are many questions we must ask ourselves before and after each construction project. Project success comes only from successful planning and execution. It starts with defining the goal, creating a detailed plan for execution, and then monitoring the execution.

This presentation may not answer all questions, but –at least- it will raise awareness about this important topic.

Be Successful... Be Happy

How do we define success and happiness? Do they just happen to us or we create them? Are they correlated? How do we measure them?

Success and happiness mean different things to different people but many are missing the most important thing: life balance. Some people achieve success in one facet of life at the expense of other which leaves a serious unbalance in their lives that leads to unhappy life.

Success and happiness are not measured on a binary scale; yes or no. They are rather measured a wide grey scale.

In this presentation, we’ll go over all kind of definitions for success and happiness and how to measure then. We’ll also go over the factors that influence success and happiness and the correlation between them. This presentation in not technical; but there will be some examples from engineering and construction.