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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb March 2012
16 Project Manager T HE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION defines health as a “state of physical, mental and social wellbeing”. For any community to achieve a set of outcomes such as these is challenging – let alone when disaster strikes. Project management should address the long- term impacts of disasters and how to provide capability to the communities affected. It should also consider the constant challenges to any community of resilience and sustainability. The greater community and the project management profession can learn from each other to deliver more valuable outcomes in challenging situations. PSA methodology I have recently undertaken research that looks at pre- and post-disaster project management to determine the best methods and project groups to respond to those challenges. Key findings highlight the importance of understanding and enabling simple, robust, best-practice program and project management within communities. The findings form the basis of the methodology that drives PSA Project Development International (PSA PDI), a not-for- profit organisation that works with communities to design, plan and implement projects that deliver value to the key stakeholders – the community members themselves. The PSA approach is based on the principle that sustainable projects and programs need effective, aligned, community-driven processes. In the case of recovery or redevelopment projects, praxis allows communities to understand and drive programs more effectively from within. The resulting programs are resourced and achieved more efficiently. They also enable effective ownership and best-value outcomes, align with the criteria of the key stakeholders, and have stronger buy-in and commitment from both funders and the community. Not all communities are the same Communities have their own culture and values. These influence their definition of project success. Working with community members gives you insight into the following: • What does project success look like to them? How do they value that? • Who are the key stakeholders and would they share the same view of best-value outcomes? THOUGHT LEADERS Why disaster management should address the long-term health of a community for a more sustainable result. A healthier outcome WHAT IS PRAXIS? Praxis is the use or practice of a discipline for specific outcomes or benefits to the community, with the growth in learning that follows. It has been progressively worked on and improved in pragmatic philosophy over millennia, dating back to Aristotle and beyond. NZ CASE STUDY ( The 2011 earthquake, centred just outside Christchurch, New Zealand, killed 181 people and caused widespread damage across the city and surrounding suburbs. The estimated cost of rebuilding to insurers is estimated at around NZ$15–16 billion, making it by far New Zealand’s costliest natural disaster. PSA worked with community leaders and project management professionals to manage projects post disaster. Paul Steinfort has more than 40 years’ project planning and management experience and knowledge in both the built and rebuilding environment. He has served as CEO of PSA Project Management for over 25 years and led new Project Management implementation for major projects such as the MCG redevelopment. DR PAUL STEINFORT FAIPM PSA PDI, led by Dr Paul Steinfort, was involved in the Victorian Bushfire recovery efforts
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