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3 Invaluable Lessons from Sue Dyer

  1. Megaprojects are very chaotic.
  2. Sue and her team at OrgMetrics LLC discovered patterns in megaprojects – eleven megaproject success factors.
  3. Your team can use the Mega Project Success Factors Assessment to identify where there are strengths and weaknesses in your project.

This week, host Sue Dyer talks about megaprojects – how to keep them on track and identify project weaknesses and strengths.

About Megaprojects (1:58)

Very large megaprojects have a lot of opportunities for chaos to break out, and they often finish significantly over budget and behind schedule.  Congress passed new requirements for managing and overseeing megaprojects (defined projects costing $250 million and above). You begin to see patterns in megaprojects, and it begs the question – what does it take to make one of these projects successful? Trying to manage a large project is often like trying to manage the weather.

The Eleven Megaproject Success Factors (5:00)


  1. There is a Leader or Owner as the visionary and decision-maker of the project or program (5:22)
  2. Megaproject Expert – There is someone on the project with several successful megaprojects under their belt (7:03)
  3. A committed and integrated team that is personally committed to the success of the project and hand-picked for their leadership experience and expertise and their willingness to do whatever it takes (8:40)
  4. Run by project managers, not politicians – Let the experts use their expertise (10:00)
  5. Unique structure and culture – You need new norms, new policies, new procedures to support the size, complexity, and culture required for a high performing, integrated team (11:33)
  6. A program approach – You need new systems, procedures and tools that allow you to manage a program of projects all together, rather than managing project by project (13:28)
  7. An atmosphere of partnership – Everyone must work together toward the common end: a successful project (15:16)
  8. Expect chaos – The team and the team leader assure that the focus stays on the success of the project; you need the right people to tell you when the project is off course, then you must have a system in place that allows a “course correction” (16:53)
  9. Provide accountability – Provide the ability to be accountable to one another and to the goals of the project, using a feedback system such as a scorecard (19:25)
  10. Integrated activation team – For facilities where you have an activation process (20:48)
  11. Integrated passive and active technology – Our buildings are getting smarter and much more technology is being integrated into the building, bring IT in early in the planning and stay on top of what the current technology is as it changes (22:22)

Resources for Listeners

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