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Do all the best ideas come from construction?

Many people say that project management as we know it today – if not first thought of in the construction industry – was certainly developed and massively enhanced there. When you think about it, the construction industry comes in many guises: civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical and building to name but a few. Without effective project management some of the largest constructions could never have been achieved e.g. North Sea oil rigs, the Channel Tunnel, the Severn Bridges, Elizabeth Line (formerly Crossrail) and nuclear power stations. One thing about which we are certain is that the project controls department really did start in the construction industry. The PSO, PPSO, PMO, or whatever buzzword or acronym, is nothing new and, in fact, dates back nearly 40 years to the time when planning engineers (now sometimes called planning analysts) prepared critical path networks and carried out critical path analysis on paper! So if all the best ideas come originally from the construction industry what else can we learn?

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