Course developed to give students a detailed understanding of the business decisions as well as the specialist hardware required to develop subsea oil and gas production systems. Course addresses technical issues related to engineering, development, and production of oil and gas in subsea fields around the world. A close linkage to the subsea industry is ensured through industry experts participating in the course delivery.
It is essential that all projects within a programme are aligned with strategic objectives of the programme. Programme management differs fundamentally from the management of projects as it is concerned with doing the right projects not just doing projects right. Programme management, by definition, is essential when executing complex or large scale activities. It allows the co-ordination of activities across many specialisms, business units and organisations not to mention potentially distant geographical areas. It allows for more efficient use of company resources by providing mechanism for project prioritisation. Areas which may benefit from such an approach include:
• Design interfaces between projects
This is essential in order to harmonise the design and preserve integrity.
• Scarce resources
Resources such and money but also people, space and time are often in short supply and as a general rule there isn’t enough to go around. In such cases it is important that these scarce resources are channelled to the projects where they will have the biggest beneficial effect.
• Setting priorities and resolving conflicts
• Focusing on those projects that deliver strategic objectives
• Identifying and exploiting opportunities for sharing
It may be possible to complete tasks more quickly, cheaply or to a higher quality by working more closely with other related projects or even areas of the business which are non-project related.
• Where there is probability of change during the programme
Activities which make up a project are often closely related with each other such that some activities cannot start until others are completed or can only take place during other events. In the same way projects within an overall programme can interact. In considering whether to accept change one will need to look at the impact on the overall programme and its outcomes.