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Project Culture

by Alison Weiss

Leighton Contractors embraces Primavera best practices as a way of doing business.

When projects are central to business, effective management can be essential to boosting the bottom line and guaranteeing success. Oracle Platinum Partner Fortior Global recently helped longtime client Leighton Contractors, a large mining, construction, and telecommunications company, take advantage of project management best practices embodied in Oracle’s Primavera project portfolio management (PPM) solutions. The goal: implement consistent processes and encourage deep change in the culture.

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The workforce at Leighton Contractors has doubled to 10,500 employees and work in hand has increased in value from US$3.9 billion to US$9.6 billion due to diversification into growing sectors in the construction market. This expansion required significant change and a number of enterprisewide project initiatives, starting with Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.

According to Robert Turner, group manager, controls and planning, at Leighton Contractors, this evolution led managers to implement a companywide corporate management system. “After we experienced significant business growth, we needed to have much more clearly documented, communicated, and consistent project management practices within the business,” he says.

The new system captures business processes, policies, procedures, tools, and knowledge for all areas of the business—including HR, IT, and project management. Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management also supports integration of project and program resources with other Leighton Contractors departments and locations and supports interoperability across the enterprise.

Turner championed and led the initiative, and Fortior Global mapped new PPM processes and procedures to Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, taking advantage of the standardized methodology and template components and visibility and reporting functions. “Primavera P6 is flexible and maps easily to the customer’s processes and procedures in planning and controls,” says Paul Butterworth, general manager at Fortior Global.

Expansion required significant change and a number of enterprisewide project initiatives.”

Butterworth believes project management can facilitate corporate vision, but only if basic functions are understood and well managed. In preparation for rollout, process and tool-based training targeted specific audiences, from senior management to construction team members.

Fortior Global also helped Leighton Contractors retrain users to use the Primavera solution, creating training materials with Oracle User Productivity Kit (now embedded in the new Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8). Oracle User Productivity Kit can simulate PPM functions and processes to enable users to model exactly how to work through the new product.

With sound project best practices in place, Fortior Global associates emphasized efficiency and revenue generation. “Leighton Contractors has achieved a higher level of maturity with overall project management as an organization. This affords the company the benefit of embedding stronger controls for planning,” says Butterworth.

“User adoption and change management are key,” Butterworth says. “If users went about using Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management the same way they had used earlier versions for the last 10 years, they wouldn’t embrace the new processes and procedures as part of the new companywide corporate management system.”

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