Project Management Institute

It's a mega world

Mega-projects are highly coveted assignments that only the best obtain. Implementing a mega-project demands a high level of leadership excellence in both managing a mega-project's inherent cost overruns and schedule delays and in ensuring a mega-project team completes each individual task and realizes the effort's big picture. This article discusses the major challenges in implementing eight mega-projects currently under construction. In doing so, it describes the project management practices that each mega-project's leader is using to resolve the effort's key challenges. It explains the dynamics and the politics that are involved in managing a mega-project's stakeholders as well as in obtaining its funding, allocating its resources, planning its activities, navigating its cultural challenges, resolving its communication issues, controlling its risks, and realizing its overall objective. Accompanying this article is a multi-page sidebar identifying each profiled mega-project's location, timeline, budget, scop
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