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It's a big ask for 'Mr Fixit'

Charmaine Allen | 2016-01-06 00:39:15.0
Eskom's Medupi power station in Lephalale. File photo.
Image by: Gallo Images / Beeld / Lisa Hnatowicz

As a project management professional I was very interested in yesterday' s article "'Mr Fixit' rides to Medupi's rescue".

I hope Phillip Dukashe and his team have experience in best practice project management. I do have strong doubts though.

Best practice requires strong executive support and understanding of best practice project management in order for any corporation to be successful.

The policies, process and procedures must also be supportive.

Dukashi cannot give an ultimatum unless the entire Eskom value system has a culture of urgency and doing things right the first time.

The difference between a corporation and Eskom is the additional politics involved at Eskom.

When will executives learn that it is their leadership, their policies and every functional unit (especially procurement) under them that requires alignment to be successful?

Project management implements strategy.

Only 32% of organisations are able to implement strategy due to the fundamental misunderstanding of best practice project management.

Government implementation in SA is dismal. Executives need to be trained now - their fake power, lack of knowledge and poor decision-making are leading this country to rack and ruin.


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