Project Interface Management (PIM) Consulting

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  1. Isn't this part of what an independent Project Manager is supposed to do?

    You’d think so. But experience shows it happens rarely. There are two reasons why:

    1. Most independent PMs focus on schedule and budget, and PIM is almost always about the details of scope. Most PMs leave scope up to the design professionals, where budget and schedule pressures create gaps where these essential scope interfaces should connect, but don’t.
    2. Understanding the intricate structure of PIM interfaces requires a comprehensive background in one of the core design disciplines: architecture, structural engineering or MEP engineering. Most independent PMs do not come from those disciplines.
  2. How much does it cost to add PIM Consulting to the design team?

    The cost will vary depending on a number of factors:

    1. Complexity of the project
    2. Number of different design disciplines involved
    3. Whether or not all design disciplines share the same experiential culture (including whether some of the documentation is produced ‘off-shore’)
    4. How ‘tight’ the schedule is (interface gaps are more critical in tightly scheduled and fast-tracked projects)
    5. The depth and maturity of experience in main design and construction team participants (greater experience lowers interface gap risk)

    The best way to determine the cost is to implement a PIM analysis at project start, that will assess the above factors, and can then convert to a fixed fee for service provision. PIM services cannot be estimated on the basis of a % of construction cost.

    A better way to assess the cost of PIM is to think about the high risk of no PIM; what the cost in time and money would be if a failure to implement PIM resulted in just one major ‘screw-up’, requiring massive rework. Then consider that a robust PIM program would prevent hundreds of potential screw-ups.

PIM is a new PSMJ methodology that identifies and fixes the ‘weak links’ in overall project delivery: planning, managing and verifying the flow of mission-critical communication at project interface points.

PIM Consulting provides ‘hands-on’ assistance to deliver the four objectives of PIM, tailored as needed to support specific needs of the practice and the projects involved:

  • Eliminating ambiguity in all ‘instruments of service’: Briefing documents, agreements between parties, contract documents and instructions between parties;
  • Identifying all essential actions, by all parties, that will produce intended results, optimise value, minimise risk, and maintain quality for end users and the public;
  • Performing those essential actions where they are not included in the agreements and contracts between parties: ‘fill in the gaps’; and
  • Monitoring the performance of those essential actions that are included in the various agreements and contracts to ensure they are being performed.

READ MORE:  Detailed PIM Scope matrix

READ MORE:  PIM Process Flow Charts

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From Senior Manager to Principal: 20 November 2020 - Sydney
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