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Managing complex projects just got harder

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October 2008

With massive multi-billion dollar regional developments underway such as Abu Dhabi's Yas Island and Dubai World Central airport, project managers must learn to become programme managers, according to a leading industry expert.

"Major initiatives such as these have several things in common apart from complexity – they involve multiple and overlapping projects; thousands of people and billions of dollars," said J. LeRoy Ward, an industry veteran with more than 30 years project and programme management experience, who is to give free seminars on the subject later this month in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Ward will discuss the key skills managers need to execute programmes, during a free breakfast seminar on Monday 27 October 2008 at the Royal Meridien Hotel, Abu Dhabi, and at a free dinner seminar on Tuesday 28th October 2008 at the Westin Mina Seyahi Hotel, Dubai. The seminars are presented by ESI International with the Abu Dhabi event in conjunction with the Arabian Gulf Chapter of the Project Management Institute and the Dubai seminar including a keynote speaker from Sama EC Harris.

"Today's huge developments taking place across the Arabian Gulf have now become programmes," he added. "As projects are becoming larger, more complex, and more expensive, it is not about managing projects anymore. It is the more complex realm of programme management. Simply put if you manage a programme as you would a project, you do so at your peril."

Programme management is one the newest disciplines in the project management arena. In order to successfully execute such major initiatives requires professionals with a skill set different from that of a project or general manager. While the titles of project managers and programme managers are similar, there are distinct differences drawn from more than 216 unique capabilities.

"While project managers focus on one specific project, programme managers manage the complexity which is inherent in the execution of multiple projects and the people who work on them," said Ward. "This requires an array of knowledge and skills related to project management, business and organisational leadership."

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Notes to editors
The seminars are part of a series of educational courses run by ESI International that have been created for project managers and people involved in project work who seek a foundation in project management methodology and best practices. ESI covers a whole range of project management issues, such as planning and scope, risk management, scheduling, leadership and more.

J. LeRoy Ward is Executive Vice President responsible for ESI International’s worldwide product offerings and international partnerships. He has authored numerous articles and publications. A dynamic and popular speaker, he presents at industry conferences worldwide. He is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional and a Programme Management Professional, one of the first to earn the designation.

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