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Project Manager : Project Manager Dec Jan 2013
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 33 SPOTLIGHT: DEEPAK SHARMA For Deepak Sharma, AIPM's Project Team Member of the Year, providing support to the project managers and the project team was critical. He concentrated on the three key principles of cost, quality and time. A highly qualified profes- sional, Sharma is currently completing a Masters in Business Administration (Executive) at the Austral- ian Graduate School of Management, UNSW. He also holds a Masters of Telecommunication Engineering from Monash University and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from the College of Engineering, Nagpur University, India. Following the Metro -- CBD Security Project, the business developed 10 key lessons learned from it, which were shared with the business as a whole. A key learning was the impor- tance of sharing data of actual performance related to project components, such as building cubicles and laying cables, against estimated performance. "This information is now sent back to estimators for future projects," says Sharma. Since the project finished, two additional pro- ject controllers now report to Sharma, helping to sup- port 17 project managers in the business. DEVELOPING THE RIGHT TOOLS WAS A MATTER OF ENGAGING KEY STAKEHOLDERS AND WORKING AT LEAST FIVE STEPS AHEAD to manage the project; it required ongoing discussions with all the leaders involved in the project as well as great team work," he says. "Developing the right tools was a matter of engaging key stakeholders and working at least five steps ahead to get the work done." Outcome In ter ms of the project's measurable outcomes, the rst stage came in $3 million under budget and was completed to a very tight schedule. "It also resulted in a very detailed quality plan for the organisation, which is still being developed. e knowledge base and skills developed as a result of the project remain in the group. Overall, the project was quite innovative in that we were able to set up a detailed ongoing quality plan," says Sharma. "One of the key outcomes of the Metro -- CBD Security Project is a significant upgrade to the security of electricity supply to a large area of inner Melbour ne. The project is delivering the ability to re-configure the 66kV network supplying this area, so as to maintain a reliable supply following an unplanned fault in key elements of this supply network," says Neil Watt, Manager Network Strategy, CitiPower a nd Powercor. As a result of the project, Melbour ne will have more resilience in the electricity supply system and an improved capacity to move power around the network. ••• Powercor project at Joint Bay, part of the Metro -- CBD Security Project for CitiPower.
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