Investigating project management maturity in the ship repair industry of South Africa, a case studyRodgers, Adil 11 March 2022 (has links)
Purpose Ship repair companies that employ a greater degree of the project management process functions enjoys greater business value and business success. Such certainty within a business' structure supports its longer-term sustainability and improves its growth potential. This research seeks to address the problem relating to the inability of ship repair companies to continually achieve targeted project estimates because of a lower levels of project management maturity. Research Design The research is exploratory in nature as the response in term of the selected maturity model used, seeks to understand the level of application of the ten PMI knowledge areas and how deeply engrained the function is adopted in the performance and within the organisation within the ship repair industry. The principle of communities of practise was adopted for this study which implies that the response and the data obtained will be based on the information shared by the respondents on their insights, experience, knowledge, and common interests within the industry. Findings - This study found an active, informal, and partially structured project management function present within the Western Cape's ship repair industry. The study further found the actual project maturity level at an average of 3.24, in line expectations for the industry and following the same direction, though at a lower level as similar research done on South Africa's IT, mining, engineering, and construction industries. Research Limitations - The study is limited to the Western Cape province's ship repair industry and based on the views of the industry's community of practise as indicator of its project management maturity.
An investigation into the human capital perspective of project management – ensuring project success within selected financial organisations in BotswanaSilo, Tawanda 16 March 2022 (has links)
Projects are an integral part of business growth. Ensuring that structures are put in place to allow for success is important within projects. However, projects can have different issues throughout execution, which include, project delays, poor conflict management processes and limited resourcing. Therefore, an investigation into the aforementioned areas to examine the impact they have on project success was deemed necessary for the research report. Based on the issues highlighted, the purpose of this study is to examine the views on project success and the impact of human capital on project success through the lens of three practicing project managers in selected financial services industry in Botswana. A multiple-case study framework has been developed in order to address the key issues being tackled in the study. Areas of exploration include an examination of key team roles and how they would apply in the context of the selected financial institutions as well as an examination of whether all of Belbin's key team roles are necessary in a team setup from the case studies. A look into how the project managers view project success as well as the constituents of success within the organisations they represent. Lastly, the study investigates the underpinnings of conflict management within their various organisations and how the navigate issues arising. Finally, an analysis of the results is done leading to the research findings and conclusions of the study.
An exploratory study of project finance as a funding model for affordable housing development in Windhoek, NamibiaHamana, Olsen 16 February 2022 (has links)
This thesis aims to explore the current usage of the project finance model in Namibia, with the view to explore the viability of the project finance model as an alternative funding approach to the traditional funding structures currently used in affordable housing developments and other infrastructure sectors of the Namibian economy. The research identified a predictable and strong stream of cash flow from the project, healthy competition between equity and debt financier to reduce interest rates, end-user affordability and access to finance, good governance, and an attractive market as enabling factors for the project finance model to be effective in the Namibian context. The research further explored potential opportunities and challenges regarding the application of the model in Namibia. To gain insight into these research objectives, targeted interviews were conducted by key players and experts in the financing and housing sector. An extensive study of secondary sources, consisting of existing literature and data, was also undertaken. The analysis of findings from interviews and secondary sources shows that the project finance model is a viable instrument for affordable housing developments in Namibia. However, future users of the project finance model will need to adapt the model to fit the affordable housing financing criteria and, most importantly, identify and establish the sources of financing for the end-users.
Factors critical to benefits realisation of IT/IS projects in the South African governmentMatsio, Thato 15 February 2019 (has links)
Purpose – This research investigated factors critical to benefits realisation of IT/IS project in the South African Government. The aim of the research was therefore to establish a list of factors critical to benefits realisation of IT/IS projects in SA government by testing the applicability of Coombs (2015) factors and as well as testing factors identified in the literature. Method – In addition to the factors identified in Coombs (2015) study, a literature review was conducted to identify additional factors critical for benefits realisation in IT/IS projects and twenty-one factors were identified. A web-survey with twenty one (21) success factors was sent to IT stakeholders in SA government particularly the State Information Technology Agency to determine their relevance and importance in benefits realisation of IT/IS projects in SA government. Results – The research finding revealed that all four of Coombs (2015) study success factors were relevant. Two of the factors were amongst the top ten factors considered the most important factors rated by the IT stakeholders in SA government. It also revealed that all twenty-one factors were relevant, however the following ten (10) factors were considered the most important factors: Clear Project Mission, Effective Communication, Defined Project Scope, User/Client Involvement, Top Management Support, Competent Project Manager, Sufficient/Well allocated resources, Strong, and detailed project plan, Business Process Knowledge, and Governance Structure. Furthermore, the research also revealed nine (9) additional factors identified by the IT stakeholders and they include: Political Stability, Architecture, Supportive legislation and policies, Teamwork, Trust and Honesty, IT solutions aligned to global Trend, Social and Economic Impact on Citizen, System Integration, and Project Management Methodology. Practical Implications – The findings allowed for an establishment of twenty-one factors critical for benefits realisation in IT/IS projects in SA government. However, the findings and the research process had some limitations. The sample for the survey was chosen from a population of a single organisation. The outcome of the survey is not an accurate representation of the entire government. Therefore, further research might be required using a larger sample size spanning various and different levels of government. The research findings may also need to be confirmed with more qualitative methods.
Challenges in the implementation of community based adaption projects in Eastern and Southern AfricaOsman, Faizal 12 January 2022 (has links)
Community Based Adaptation (CBA) projects in Eastern and Southern Africa have difficulties in achieving long term benefits. There are challenges in the management of the implementation of these projects. This study aimed to determine the facts that contribute to this failure by identifying the main challenges CBA projects face, uncovering how benefits can be better addressed and naming alternatives to the methodology as potential areas of future research. The research used the quantitative method, data collection was done through an online survey directed to professionals with experience in CBA. The analysis of the data showed that long term sustainability, financial factors and stakeholder coordination were the main challenges encountered in CBA projects in the region of study. It was also concluded that focus on stakeholder management, gathering sufficient funds, improving participatory techniques, and improving Project Management (PM) tools or designing a specific PM toolkit for CBA are possible strategies to improve benefits. Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA), Information and Communication Technologies Based Adaptation (ICTBA) and Risk Based Adaptation were identified as alternatives to CBA with potential for further study.
Identifying and managing the factors needed to implement Benefits Realization Management frameworks in publicly funded innovation projects in South African contextNetshiswinzhe, Mashudu Keith 30 August 2022 (has links) (PDF)
Innovation projects seeks to bring fourth new technology products or services to the marketplace (community) to respond to broader socio-economic challenges. Innovation projects have elements of complexity and uncertainty which often fails to meet stakeholder expectations. This requires the need to determine requirements which need to be considered while dealing with publicly funded innovation projects so as to ensure project benefits are realised. The objective of the study is to identify factors needed to implement Benefit Realisation Management (BRM) frameworks in managing publicly funded innovation projects. BRM framework was unpacked in assessing its role on publicly funded innovation in ensuring project benefits achievement. The framework was applied in assessing innovation projects within the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). A qualitative research methodology was employed as to achieve the project objectives of the study. An in-depth approach was used through face to face interviews in collecting primary data from study respondents within the DSI. The study participants entailed project managers on two government level of authority, namely middle and senior management. The study output revealed the critical role of a BRM framework in achieving project benefits and meeting stakeholder's expectations. To ensure that project benefits are realised, factors such as project governance, return on investment, project success and value creation need to be taken into account. Furthermore, a relationship between BRM and business strategy need to co-exist for project benefits realisation. The BRM framework is essential and should play a central role in every project implemented. The framework quantifies the need for project stakeholders to embrace the modern approach of assessing projects without limiting it on the constraints of time, cost and quality also known as the iron triangle. Project should be assessed based on the impact and benefit derived and the BRM framework is a critical tool to effect it.
Identifying factors contributing to the delay of project timelines in public- private partnerships for housing development projects in NamibiaMberema, Maria-Magdalena 30 March 2023 (has links) (PDF)
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have recently gained widespread acceptance as a method of housing provision in several nations. The joint venture strategy is used in the majority of PPP housing development projects, which allows the local government to retain control over planning and development while utilizing the private partner's existing resources and experience. Timeliness delays in PPP projects are a typical occurrence in Namibia and around the world. The goal of this study was to identify the key factors that create delays in the timeframes of PPP housing development projects in Namibia. The study adopts the inductive approach since the aspects of housing and Namibian context is relatively new with limited existing literature. The case study research was applied to this research using a mixed-method of quantitative and qualitative research design. Using a purposive sampling method, two officials from the local authority (CoW), two officials from the built environment professionals, and two PPP experts were selected for the interviews and ten property developers who have been involved in PPP housing development were selected and forwarded the online questionnaire where only four responded in this study. The researcher used descriptive analysis to analyse the quantitative data. By adopting semi-structured interviews, the researcher had a list of different questions for the different sectors. The researcher used thematic analysis to analyse the qualitative data. The researcher identified 15 key factors that cause a delay in timelines of PPP housing development projects in Namibia which are namely: (1) Allocation; (2) Availability of land; (3) Funding; (4) Internal Factors from CoW/Delays from the Local Authorities; (5) Lack of Project Management; (6) No capacity; (7) Political Will/Bureaucracy; (8) Procurement; (9) Tenure ship; (10) Town Planning/Delays in Statutory Planning Approvals; (11) Understanding of PPP implementation/Lack of understanding in PPP processes; (12) Inadequate working relationships; (13) Corruption; (14) Lack of clear PPP Policies to be managed; and, (15) No streamlined processes. According to the findings, (2) Availability of land, (4), Internal Factors from CoW/Delays from the Local Authorities and (10) Town Planning/Delays in Statutory Planning Approvals stood out as factors experienced in Namibia only. The researcher offers the following recommendations to be explored; Central Government support, Establishment and Implementation of Project and Programme Management Office in the local authority (City of Windhoek), Project-Based Consultation and Training Workshops and finally a comprehensive investigation on PPP housing development projects delivered on time. Lastly, the study concluded six measures to mitigate delays in timelines of PPP housing development projects in Namibia. From the six mitigation measures the main ones that stood out is for the City of Windhoek to have strategies in place for forward planning of PPP projects and learn from pervious projects and for the Local Authority to reduce their involvement in projects which often lead to bureaucracy in statutory approvals.
Effects of procurement processes on project execution in a project management company in Cape Town, South AfricaKafile, Masithembe January 2018 (has links)
Thesis (MTech (Project Management))--Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2018. / The purpose of this study was to unearth the challenges that occur in procurement processes and the effects these challenges have on project execution. Project procurement management is the production of associations with outside merchants and providers for merchandise and enterprises expected to finish a task. This process encompasses five stages: initiating and planning, selecting, contract writing, monitoring, and lastly, closing the deal. To clearly illustrate the magnitude of challenges faced in procurement processes, a project management company in Cape Town, South Africa, has been chosen as the subject of study. This study identified that procurement challenges were rooted in the company’s method of execution which comprises supplier-related issues, strategy selection issues, cost reduction and savings achievement factors, data accuracy issues and stakeholder management concerns. The aforementioned challenges resonate with various theoretical connotations by authorities who maintained that challenges in procurement could be narrowed to four areas: cost reduction, ‘going digital’, risk mitigation and supplier relationships. This study adopted a mixed research methodology incorporating both qualitative and quantitative research techniques and relied on field research conducted both through a survey of administered questionnaires as well as structured interviews. The information gathered in field research has been used to augment and corroborate theoretical information existing in literature and to proffer solutions through pragmatic recommendations for improving procurement processes with the intent of enhancing project execution efficacy and effectiveness. This study further aimed to add input to the existing body of knowledge concerning the effects of procurement processes on project execution in project management and also to contribute to the existing literature in procurement management.
Project Management Tools in Software Development - the Use of JIRA in Soft-ware ProjectJuzko, Michailas, Tjakradiwiria, Hermawan January 2011 (has links)
Introduction: As information technology has been developing so rapidly, it affects all business processes. Project management is also greatly affected, as organizations world-wide constantly strive for competitive advantage, major tools were produced and manage-ment control of project progress throughout their lifecycle is becoming increasingly recog-nized for its importance. Problem: The study of software project management tools has aroused a great deal of in-terest in modern research circles as well as inspired extensive research in the area of mana-gerial science. However, there still seems to be confusion, disagreement and limited re-search regarding these concepts of job performance. Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to examine, how project management tools can af-fect the efficiency in a software development project. Efficiency will be measured by time, from project start to finish, human and financial resources. Method: An electronic qualitative and partly quantitative questionnaires were sent to three sampled companies. In each company one Web programmer, one project manager and one executive level employee had filled out the questionnaires. The acquired data was then ana-lysed in relation to the frame of reference. Frame of Reference: Theoretical framework is build on a literature within software pro-ject management field, Iron/Golden Triangle, Productivity Paradox, Technology Accep-tance Model, and Software Project Management. Conclusion: To conclude the results of the study, after analyzing the data gathered from various companies implementing JIRA has in all cases resulted in increased product quality, more efficient and faster communication, as well as lower product development costs. This means that implementing JIRA can be beneficial for time, money and quality of software development.
The relationship between project funding and construction systems /Chan, Man-wai. January 1997 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Hong Kong, 1998. / Includes bibliographical references.
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