That’s a problem, because static skills can put a project at risk
in a rapidly changing environment. As portfolios broaden, failing to integrate standards and observe best practices can often
lead to project delays and cost overruns, Shazlee says. “Rarely do
we see the project management team plan as they should for a
complex or large-scale project. Often the project team will get
stuck somewhere during the final sign-off trying to figure out
how to deal with an incomplete deliverable without incurring
any additional cost.”
Laying the Foundation
Avoiding such problems while executing large-scale infrastructure projects is particularly important in ASEAN countries,
since they lay the foundation for future growth. Indonesia, which accounts for nearly 40 percent
of the region’s GDP, is focusing on transportation: The country plans to begin building eight seaports, two airports, five power plants and 11 water treatment facilities by 2017. But things aren’t
going entirely as planned. The 727-kilometer (452-mile) Trans-Java double-track railway project,
for instance, faced multiple delays due to land acquisition and stakeholder management problems.
The northern portion of the IDR10.5-trillion project aiming to decrease road congestion and travel
times on the island of Java opened this year more than six months late.
There’s an app for that.
And that. And that. But
the explosion of cloud-based offerings might
be cutting down on
According to a June
study by Osterman
Research and Intermedia,
small and medium-sized businesses use an
average of 14. 3 cloud-based apps. Employees
use 5. 5 apps during the
course of their workdays.
With so many
applications to maintain,
the survey found,
project teams spend an
unexpected amount of
time juggling passwords
accounts. IT departments
also dedicate time and
manpower to managing
devices and product
That loss of
at a monetary cost to
per employee per month,
the study found.
to use lots of different
experiences is a
significant time sink,”
Ben Kepes, director
of Diversity Limited
in Christchurch, New
Zealand, wrote in Forbes.
While there’s no easy
solution at hand, Mr.
Kepes says curating which
apps teams use could help
project managers keep
them from sinking too
much time into the cloud.
Southeast Asia’s increasingly integrated economies are surging. Here are five major construction
projects moving ASEAN nations forward.
SINGAPORE: Jurong Rock Caverns
The Jurong Rock Caverns project will
free up roughly 150 acres ( 61 hectares)
in the land-hungry city-state by building a liquid hydrocarbon storage facility
130 meters (427 feet) below ground.
The first phase of the seven-year,
SGD890 million project will create 1. 5
million cubic meters ( 53 million cubic
feet) of storage capacity when finished
later this year.
THAILAND: Central Embassy mall
Retail giant Central Group is trying to
position Bangkok as a luxury shopping
destination with this project, which was
completed in May. The THB1.8 billion
mall located in the heart of Bangkok’s
commercial district brings several
upscale global brands to Thailand for
the first time.
“Already we are
into more digestible
scopes, or two or
more similar projects
delivered in parallel.”
—William Yong, Black & Veatch, Singapore
MALAYSIA: RAPID refinery
The Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated
Development (RAPID) project will be located
within a complex larger than 6,000 acres ( 2,428
hectares) and will process 300,000 barrels of
crude oil per day. Launched in May 2012, the
US$16 billion project could help transform
Malaysia’s Johor state into a regional petrochemical hub when completed in early 2019.