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Thesis Assistance

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Neil Brady
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Folks

I am currently in the throws of starting a Thesis for my Masters Project Management.

I am doing it on Programme (Multi project) risk management within the oil and gas services industry.

I was wondering if anyone here has any knowledge of this, specifically I am looking for some information on the following

1. What are the barriers towards implementing this approach if this is not already in place ?
2. Does your company do it ?
3. Is it successful ?
4. Anyone know of any good research thats been done into this ?

I am sure I will think of more questions after my lunch


Your thoughts as always are appreciated !!!!!

Neil

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Neil Brady
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Sounds like a plan !!

I will look into that

Many thanks

Neil
Oliver Melling
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Neil,
If you want answers to specific questions, then speak to PP admin and get them to add your questions on the vote section of the website!
Mike Testro
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Hi Neil

You want to know about this topic for your thesis.

"I am doing it on Programme (Multi project) risk management within the oil and gas services industry."

I have a feeling that you will be researching an as yet unexplored field of expertise - but that is what a true thesis should be.

If anybody in the target industry knows anything about the subject they will certainly keep it to themselves.

If it is not to late I advise chosing a simpler topic - such as "Who Owns the Float in a Delay Situation."

That has kept PP occupied for years.

Best regards

Mike Testro



Neil Brady
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Thread has been hijacked !!

Back to the original questions, anyone got any thoughts ?

Samer Zawaydeh
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Dear Ali,

Not yet. Please let us know what you think of the exam when you take it.

Good luck,

Samer
Neil Brady
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Oliver

Many thanks for the reply !

I do intend to do interviews at Management level within my company, but was interested in the views of the community as a whole so I can get a general feel for it cross industry.

Many thanks on the reference, I have put feelers out to see if anyone has a copy of it (I am Scottish ... If I can avoid the 15 quid charge then I will ! means more beer for me)

So I would be very interested in any response to the questions, although if people have to pick one to answer then my preference would be

"What are the barriers towards implementing programme risk management"

Many thanks !

Neil
Oliver Melling
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Neil,

If you want real-life examples you need to contact companies directly to interview managers within the company (qualitative), or you could create a questionnaire as a method of obtaining detailed ’quantitive’ data.

Also, the following paper would be worth looking at.

Title: Risk management in a multi-project environment: An approach to manage portfolio risks

Author(s): Rolf Olsson

Journal: International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

Year: 2008
Volume: 25
Issue: 1
Page: 60 - 71

ISSN: 0265-671X

DOI: 10.1108/02656710810843586

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Neil Brady
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Samer

Thanks for your reply, however rather than book work, I am looking for Real Life examples of some of the issues faced.

Anyone able to help ?

Neil
Samer Zawaydeh
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Dear Neil,

To assist in item #4, I was given the following list of books from a friend to assist in taking the PMI-RMP exam:


Project Risk Management Guidelines

Understanding and Managing Risk Attitude Second edition

Practical Project Risk Management

Risk Management- A course in A book

Project Manager’s Spotlight on Risk Management

Risk Assessments – Questions and Answers

Appraisal, Risk and Uncertainty

Project Risk Management

Practical Risk Assessment for Project Management

Risk Management in Project Organizations

Effective Risk Management

Understanding and managing risk Attitude

Identifying and Managing Project Risk

Risk Management – Concepts and Guidance

Proactive Risk Management

Project and program Risk Management

Management of Risk – Guidance for Practitioners

Risk Analysis – A Quantity Guide


Good luck,

Samer
Ali Farhat
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Samer,
Have you taken your RMP yet? I havent scheduled my exam yet and I am preparing. Wow..this is a big list of books :S