• Kim Allan

Project management ... the Blue Water Way,

Updated: May 28, 2020

The project development process is a progression of a project through it’s life cycle. During it’s life cycle, consisting of distinct development phases, the project is defined, justified, planned, controlled and implemented.

The phased development of the project occurs through sequential project stages and each stage has a clearly defined set of deliverables that characterize its completion. The progression of the project is managed at specific stage gates where management reviews the deliverables for the completed stage and the project risk status.

The outcome of each stage gate management review is a decision to proceed/cancel/hold or recycle the project. If these outcomes, still agree with projected expectations and current business and strategic plan requirements, management approves the path forward for the progression of the project to the next stage of development (commitment of resources, agreement of deliverables for next stage, project execution/ quality plan and accountabilities for the work).

Quality assurance reviews are carried out following the project stages to confirm conformance of the deliverables to the required standards for completeness and correctness.

All Projects /opportunities while unique in there own right all contain the same elements and stages and irrespective of size or complexity require that the same processes be adopted for the successful achievement of the objectives.

Project Management plays a crucial role in enabling companies to transform business and execute strategy effectively. Here is a look at the Blue Water project management key elements that have made it a necessity for businesses of every size and industry.


  • Create a solid business case

  • Identification of the idea,

  • Business Benefits defined

  • Capital Planning

  • Obtain approval to proceed.


  • Development of project description/scope;

  • Scoping evaluation completed;

  • Review and articulate project goals

  • Develop the initial project budget and schedule

  • Review financing alternatives

  • Determine the project delivery method

  • Review contract alternatives

  • Develop and distribute RFP/RFQ documents

  • Design team selection

  • Construction firm selection

  • Identification of additional consultants needed

  • Contract development and negotiation

  • Capital planning

  • Validation of opportunity; and,

  • Obtain approval to proceed.

Project Team Development

  • Team building strategies and events

  • Project kick off meeting

  • Team communication strategies and processes


  • Evaluation of alternatives;

  • Preparation of the study and control documents,

  • Develop communication and reporting procedures

  • Determine points of contact and decision making process for Owners

  • Owner Meeting schedules

  • Board expectations

  • Create the Enterprise Project Site (Project Controls, Document Control, QA)

  • Obtain approval to proceed.


  • Develop and monitor design schedule

  • Review design documents

  • Review specifications

  • Conduct construct ability reviews

  • Define permitting process and responsibilities

  • Oversee contractor cost estimates

  • Monitor and update overall project budget, schedule, business case

  • Identify phasing alternatives

  • Review general condition costs

  • Obtain approval to proceed


  • Capital Plan Confirmed with approved Project/Program

  • Buy-out process oversight

  • Review contractors bid package preparation & distribution strategy

  • Review bonds & insurance

  • Bid review and analysis

  • Contract/SOW and/or proposal review & recommendation

  • Monitor & update project budget, schedule and business benefits

  • Attend job coordination meetings

  • Monitor status of inspections

  • Review monthly progress billings

  • Review change orders

  • Update benefits acheieved.


  • Punch list review

  • Final permits & inspections

  • Oversee systems commissioning

  • Project/Program closeout


  • Project commissioning.

  • Start-up / ramp-up,

  • Post project review,

  • Turnover,

  • Closure.

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