MONTREAL, June 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, PMI-Montréal, the largest
project management association in Quebec, submits its memorandum to the
Charbonneau Commission. Believing that their expertise can contribute
to the fight against corruption and collusion, the organization
proposes a series of recommendations that aim to minimize deviation and
abuse in the management of public projects.
Transparency, the decompartmentalizing of projects, the presence of a
project manager, the creation of a centralized database, intelligent
risk management, as well as reviewing contracting practices are some
solutions considered in this memorandum. In total, PMI-Montréal
identifies six key findings and proposes eight recommendations.
Building on the expertise of its Board of Directors and of its Board of
Governors, as well as on the analysis of best practices in governance
and construction project management across the globe, PMI-Montréal
proposes better management of public funds.
Functional management, also known as silo management, does not allow for
an integrated overall view of the project.
The practice of awarding contracts to the lowest bidders encourages
contract amendments, which in turn leads to cost overruns.
The management of project amendments brings forth inadequate planning
and weak management and monitoring mechanisms.
Certain firms offer both project management and project execution
services creating a conflict of interest.
Project portfolios are kept secret up until the project begins, which
enables decision-makers to influence the execution of the project,
The absence or lack of data regarding project performance leaves
municipal officials at the mercy of the expertise of the firms with
which they do business.
Adopt interdisciplinary working methods where the project manager is
responsible for managing and coordinating the entire project from A to
Apply a project management methodology based on trade practices and
adapted to real circumstances of public bodies.
Take risk management into account for all projects and provide
protection mechanisms and appropriate contingency measures.
Review certain contract awarding practices, particularly regarding
amendments and extras.
Abolish the practice of awarding contracts to the lowest bidder.
Develop a centralized database on lessons learned during projects,
statistics on the cost of delays, supplier performance, and so on, in
order to provide a readily available set of guidelines for
Include project management experts in all infrastructure projects who
are not involved with the execution of the project.
Consider the implementation of a more rigorous and transparent project
portfolio management process.
"By adopting sound management practices, Quebec businesses contribute
not only to protecting the interest of the public, but also to
improving the effectiveness of their own activities. Good project
management can only help to fight against corruption and collusion
within the construction industry and many other sectors of activity in
Quebec", confirms Benoit Lalonde, President of PMI-Montréal.
The memorandum is signed by Benoît Lalonde, PMI-Montréal president and
submitted by all members of the board of directors, including Executive
Vice-President Jean-Michaël Breton, Treasurer Patrick Perras, Business
Development Vice-President Benoit De Grâce, as well as Administrators
Alejandro Romero Torres and Sylvie Prud'homme. It is also approved by
the members of the Board of Governors, including Roger Croteau, Clément
Demers, Pierre Ménard, Martin Sheehan and Lucie Tremblay.
To consult the memorandum submitted by PMI-Montréal in its complete
version, visit www.pmimontreal.org.
About PMI and PMI-Montréal
PMI (Project Management Institute), a non-profit organization, is the
largest professional association for project management practitioners
in the world. In Quebec, PMI-Montréal is comprised of more than 3 700
project managers from all professional sectors. Led by a Board of
Directors composed of volunteers elected by the members, PMI-Montréal
organizes numerous activities and offers an array of services to its
members, including public and private preparation courses for
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