Leading Complex Projects: A Data-Driven Approach to Mastering the Human Side of Project Management

Includes a Live Web Event on 02/20/2023 at 11:00 AM (EST)

Enabling Successful Capital Project Delivery for a Successful Energy Transition

Significant transformation is underway in the way the world produces, transports and consumes energy. Precisely how the transformation plays out is hard to predict. What is known however is that capital projects in the form of new infrastructure, and assets, are going to be the key component of this transformation. The world is going to need significant investment in capital projects to enable this transformation. And, the capital projects pipeline we face will be complex. Complexity in these projects will not only be technical complexity, but also organizational/stakeholder and shaping complexity. Unfortunately, history, and present, tell us that the industrial record of delivering capital projects is dismal. The missing ingredient is lack of project leaders!

Are you a good project leader? Does your organization know how to identify and develop future project leaders? Does your organization know the difference between project leader and project manager? Based on three years of research done by Mr. Edward Merrow and Mr. Neeraj Nandurdikar, published in their book Leading Complex ProjectsA Data Driven Approach to Mastering the Human Side of Project Management, most organizations don’t appreciate this difference, don’t consider leadership attributes in selection of complex project leaders and therefore don’t have well developed programs for project leaders.

In this webinar, supported by the SPE’s Management Technical Section, Mr. Neeraj Nandurdikar discusses the attributes, skillsets, developmental journey, and personality traits of successful leaders based on studying 100s of project leaders from various sectors across the globe. The talk also touches on the causal path from the individual traits to specific tasks and outcomes. By illuminating the difference between project manager and project leader the talk ends by discussing what organizations need to do to develop a cadre of project leaders that can help drive a successful transformation of the sector through effective capital project delivery. 

This webinar is categorized under the Management and Leadership technical discipline.

All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Neeraj Nandurdikar and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Neeraj Nandurdikar.

Neeraj Nandurdikar

Neeraj Nandurdikar joined Wood Mackenzie as their Global Head of Power and Renewables Consulting in the Energy Transition Practice and now runs their global energy transition consulting practice and consulting for all sectors in Americas. Neeraj joined Wood Mackenzie after having run a successful, steadily growing global energy consulting practice for 21 years. Neeraj holds Petroleum Engineering degrees from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology and the University of Tulsa (MS), an MBA from Wharton and is the co-author of a book on Project Leadership called Leading Complex Projects: A Data-Driven Approach to Mastering the Human Side of Project Management.

C. Susan Howes (Moderator)

C. Susan Howes, PE, PHR, is Vice President Engineering at Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC, in Houston, Texas, where she maintains technical quality standards for consultancy, recruitment and training services. A Petroleum Engineering (PE) graduate of the University of Texas(UT) ,Howes started her career at Anadarko, holding roles in reservoir engineering, business development, corporate engineering, and HR. Howes joined Chevron as Manager of the Horizons Program and served as Reservoir Management Consultant at Chevron providing functional leadership that resulted in improved production and reserve trends. Howes is an industry leader in talent attraction, development, and retention. Howes serves on the Colorado School of Mines PE Department Program Advisory Board, the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council BOD, the Society of Women Engineers –Houston Area Nominating Committee, and previously chaired the UT PGE Distinguished Alumni Committee. She chairs the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) US Advisory Council and the SPE Management Technical Section. Howes served as SPE Regional Director for Gulf Coast North America,received the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal, is an Honorary Member of SPE, and was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2019-20. Howes received the 2020 Woman of Excellence award from the Federation of Houston Professional Women.

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