Title: Project Interface Management

Subtitle: Reducing Risk on Major Projects

Author: Michael J. Bible and Susan S. Bivins

Details: Hardcover, 7×10, 336 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60427-130-0, January 2019

Retail Price: $69.95

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Reviews:

“Owner companies increasingly demand that engineering, procurement, and construction firms have robust procedures and tools in place for interface management. Because it is a new discipline, few have them. This unique book provides everything needed to implement world-class interface management on projects.”

Alan Kendall, MBA, Major Capital Project Interface Manager, Global Energy Sector

“This is a timely and important contribution to the practice of project interface management. It will be useful to both practitioners and graduate management and engineering students.”

Professor Carl Haas, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Description

The long planning horizon of complex projects defies the traditional project management concepts of deterministic schedules, costs, risks, and assumptions. Large cost overruns and benefit shortfalls are all too common. Virtually all major projects involve complex interfaces among diverse stakeholders, many of which have no direct contractual relationships, yet they share critical interfaces that can mean the difference between great success and huge failure.       

This unique book presents a holistic view of a new discipline called project interface management, which is planning, coordinating, and controlling of the work of others at project interfaces. It includes numerous processes, tools, and techniques and aligns critical interactions among project management, systems engineering, and operations management to reduce project risk and increase successful system design, development, completion, and transition of major projects.

Key Features

  • Details how project interface management can address many of the issues contributing to large cost overruns and significant under-delivery on major projects
  • Articulates why interface planning is critical and must align with the project plan for design, development, and delivery
  • Destroys the common misconceptions that project interface management is only applicable within technical or engineering functions and that acquiring an applicable software tool is all one needs to improve major capital project outcomes
  • Discusses the need to systematically identify, document, and manage technical, project, organizational, and industry interfaces on major projects to ensure effective system integration and adherence to project constraints, while meeting stakeholder expectations and industry regulations
  • Describes ways to effectively and efficiently manage interfaces during project execution that minimize the risk of rework during integration

 About the Authors

Michael J. Bible, PMP, CSEP, MSPM, MSSE, has over 30 years of professional and leadership experience supporting major programs and projects in the United States Department of Defense and the Norwegian Oil and Gas industry. Mike is a project management and systems engineering professional with a successful history of applying project portfolio, project management, and systems engineering in large-scale complex project environments.

Susan S. Bivins, PMP, MSPM, has more than 30 years of management and leadership experience dedicated to delivering successful information technology, organizational change management, and professional consulting services projects for major global corporations. She specializes in project and portfolio management; international, multicultural and multi-company initiatives; and business strategy integration in the private and public sectors.