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Change Management and Control

Dilbert130915ChangeManagementThe importance of understanding and managing change in projects cannot be emphasized enough.

The larger and the more complex the project scope is the more accurate we need to track the change.

In many situations change is seen as a daily activity of design development and it is not documented in any written form but rather executed on a verbal basis.  This initially seems to be a comfortable means of communication for both clients and consultants working in a harmonic inform relationship of mutual understanding and flexibility to meet needs.

The problems of course appear when the bills start coming in and the schedule is starting to drift.  The debates could lead to serious arguments, deterioration of good trusting relationships and eventually law suits.

For the above reasons and many more it is essential to keep a good written log of key decisions that affect the scope of work. It is important to analyse how changes affected the work and update the “lessons learned” database.

In many cases consultants try to accommodate the client “wish-lists” and “nice to haves” but they do not assess the impact these changes might have and more importantly they do not make the client aware of the impact until the damage is already done.

So try to organize the work flow and manage Change following simple steps:

  • Identify Change request and change initiator and document it in a written media (e.g. email, letter, MoM, etc.)
  • Assess if the change is sufficient enough to generate an impact (i.e. change or SoW).
  • If you can classify it as per company’s procedures.
  • Interrogate if the change is necessary and if there any other alternatives with smaller impact or none.
  • Inform all stakeholders involved as well any other parties that might be impacted from the change.
  • Prepare man-hours and schedule impact assessment.
  • Draw from the change, lessons learned points in order to avoid similar changes in the future.

The more organised and faithful you are to the Change management process the better you will manage your project, the more trusting your relationships will be with the client and the better the overall performance of your project will experience. It is a keystone for successful projects and returning client customers.

 

Super Typhoon hits Philippines

A huge humanitarian crisis: The super typhoon hit the Philippines on Friday and has left a death toll of thousands of people with a big portion of the population in the streets homeless.

Satellite Photo Super Typhoon Haiyan

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Pictures of Destruction

 

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In the following months, there will be a number of lessons learned from this devastation regarding building regulations,  zoning and infrastructures.

Although this is an unforeseeable and unusual event, the scale of the death toll is unacceptable in today’s society where the technological advances are such that a minimum protection of human lives should be guaranteed from structures and infrastructures.

 

Mentor

Mentor

The Meaning of the word MENTOR
In Greek mythology, Mentor was a friend of Odysseus who placed him in charge of his son, family and palace, when Odysseus left for the Trojan War and was away for nearly 20 years.

So if you are a “mentor” you are someone who other people trust so much that they would trust their family with.

Safety tips for crowded places & events

crowded_eventSome safety tips when in Crowded places:

–  Bring layers of clothes in case there is uncertainty in weather conditions.

–  Identify safe exit routes in case of an unforseen incedent.

– Establish a meeting point in case you happen to separate from your friends or family.

-Avoid coming into contact with surfaces (put hands in your pockets)

–  Carry sanitary towels to clean your hands in the event that your hand come into contact with dirty surfaces or before eating.

– Leave the event 10 minutes before end to avoid clustering exits that might lead to unsafe situations.

Nauryz, Kazakhstan 2013

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Nauryz, Celebrating the Coming of Spring and Abundance
About Kazakhstan culture and national traditions

Nauryz is one of the oldest holidays on Earth. This holiday of spring and the renewed life of the Earth has been celebrated for over five thousand years by many cultures of the Middle and Central Asia and, according to some sources, by eastern Slavs as well.

Historical records referring to this holiday can be found in ancient and middle age documents. In the oriental chronology, it corresponds to Navruz, the Iranian New Year. Kazakhs, Uzbeks and Uighurs passed the Nauryz traditions from generation to generation. The Tajiks called it Gulgardon or Gulnavruz, the Tatars refer to it as Nardugan and the Ancient Greeks knew it as Patrich. The roots of this holiday can be traced to old pagan rituals. The celebration was meant to reflect people’s love to nature. People have preserved the rituals, and today the holiday has acquired new spiritual and ethical meaning.

 

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Kalamata Carnival 2013

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Kalamata’s Carnaval on its way with the city band warming up for the festivities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rethink Athens 2013

 

 

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On Wednesday, March 21, 2012,the “Re-think Athens”project was presented at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens. This project refers to the redesign of the center of Athens around Panepistimiou Street and the relevant European Architectural Competition that the Onassis Foundation is funding for this purpose. In the presence of political leaders and the absolute consensus of all political parties, the Onassis Foundation has announced the axes on which the project will be materialized as well as the details of its implementation.(source: Onasis Foundation)

Offshore Natural Gas Reserves in Greece

 

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Greece‘s government awarded Norway-based Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), during winter 2012-2013, a contract to conduct far-range offshore research for hydrocarbon reserves, based on previous indications for substantial amounts of oil and gas found mostly in the western and southern regions of the country.

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